Family angry at clinic’s alleged ‘negligence’

2015-09-03 06:00
PHOTO: nompendulo ngubane

A pack of blood pressure medication and the HIV pills a Caluza clinic patient was given instead.

PHOTO: nompendulo ngubane A pack of blood pressure medication and the HIV pills a Caluza clinic patient was given instead.

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

THE family of a 51-year-old Machibisa­ woman, who was given HIV pills instead of her blood pressure medication last Friday, is furious.

The woman, a regular patient in Caluza clinic, was given Odimune pills.

An Odimune pill contains three HIV medications – efavirenz, FTC and tenofovir­ - and is a generic version of Atripla.

She told Echo she collects her pills once she receives an SMS telling her that her medication is ready.

“There was no SMS, but I knew I had to collect my pills because I had the date on my clinic file. When I got to the clinic it was the same routine. I waited on the bench and joined the queue as usual. When it was my turn, the guy gave me the pills in a white container. I became suspicious immediately. I told him that the pills are different from the ones I normally get. He said, ‘mama for now just use these pills. They won’t hurt or do any harm - they work the same as your BP pills’. I thought of seeing the superior, but then thought that would not help.

“I got home, and my daughter, who is a nurse, knew what the pills were.”

“I was shocked,” said her daughter.

“I was shocked at the negligence and thought about other people. What if my mother was not the first one? What about other poor people who just do what they are told at the clinic or hospital? These pills are very dangerous and one has to go for a thorough check-up before taking them. They were very negligent in this regard,” said the daughter.

The Department of Health said they would respond once it established the facts. At the time of going to press nothing had been received from the department.

Side effects of Odimune:

• Sleep disturbance (including nightmares)

• Mood changes (including anxiety and depression)

• Rash, liver toxicity, lipid changes, kidney problems.

• Fatigue

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.