Deputy Speaker, the ANC's 52nd conference in 2007 identified health as one of the key priorities of the ANC. Much has been done by the ANC to implement these resolutions. The development of the road map for the reform of the health system and the 10-point plan for the health sector in 2008 provide strategic direction on how the resolutions of the 52nd national conference are to be implemented.
We thus welcome the new hospital which was officially opened in Khayelitsha recently. Strategically placed in Khayelitsha, it's a unique facility that not only has outreach clinics, but also incorporates green aspects in its infrastructure which include the maximum use of natural light and ventilation.
The new hospital is an important milestone in the ANC-led government's effort to extend quality health care facilities and services to communities that were relegated to the far end of the health care system by the apartheid regime.
The principle of social solidarity lies at the heart of health reform, and the ANC government has embarked on seriously reducing inequalities in our health care system by improving quality and care of public facilities, boosting the capacity of our human resources and stepping up the fight against HIV and Aids and other diseases. I thank you, Deputy Speaker. [Applause.]