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Centralise medicine supply - DA

2012-05-30 16:20

Johannesburg - The supply of medicines to clinics and hospitals in the Eastern Cape and Limpopo should be centralised, the Democratic Alliance said on Wednesday.

"In both the Eastern Cape and Limpopo, poor planning has led to tons of medication being destroyed while people go without basic life-saving drugs in clinics," said DA health spokesperson Patricia Kopane in a statement.

A central supply unit was the only way to stop critical shortages of medicines, she said.

The DA was continuing protests outside health department offices in both provinces on Wednesday, having begun on Tuesday.

Earlier on Wednesday, The New Age reported at least six provinces are running low on antiretrovirals (ARVs).

The life-prolonging drugs which were in short supply included tenofovir and abacavir, with about 1.7 million people in South Africa being on the state's ARV treatment programme, according to the report.

Health department spokesperson Fidel Habebe said the matter was still being discussed at Cabinet level, but he hoped a statement would be issued by the health ministry by Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning.

Comments
  • ltgray1 - 2012-05-30 17:02

    The idea may be good but if the same calipre of personnel are to employed,then nothing would have been achieved.Rather employ competant personnel in the existing structures.Competancy is the problem.Address this.It applies to most of the public sector.

      Dhavandran - 2012-06-05 16:26

      i totally agree.

  • Luviwe - 2012-05-30 17:13

    I like this idea whilst training people in the process, which are already employed. Then you decentralise it slowly one you have confidence in them with strict internal controls.

      John - 2012-05-30 18:35

      I've picked up on your comments in a few blogs. You're one of the few people that are thinkers and try to make a positive contribution while sticking to the point. It's appreciated mate

      Luviwe - 2012-05-30 18:50

      Thank you 5cents. I wish we would talk more about these issues that affect us most,

  • Jean - 2012-05-30 17:33

    Centralise it from the WC... And all the haters of that province, your anc has failed once again to provide even the basic of services, put your hatred aside and think of the country for a change.

  • tcmakgoba - 2012-05-30 18:37

    They march over a mere painting but medical supplies are running out in government hospitals. Like I said, I have less respect for ANC than before. These government needs to change! Seriously

      Luviwe - 2012-05-30 18:53

      TMakgoba, why can't we propose solutions whilst we criticise so that at the end of the day we are all winners. I'm no fan of the current government.

  • Dhavandran - 2012-06-05 16:24

    the success of this can only happen if the da comes into power.

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