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Medicine shortage blamed on poor planning

2012-05-07 20:45

Polokwane - The shortage of medicine in Limpopo clinics and hospitals is a result of poor planning, Health MEC Norman Mabasa said on Monday.

He said the pharmaceutical depot management had failed to buy the medication which was most needed.

A weekend newspaper reported that clinics and hospitals were on the verge of collapse and that patients being turned away without medication.

Although there was a shortage, the depot still had a lot of stock of medications which were rarely prescribed to patients, Mabasa said.

The Limpopo Democratic Alliance blamed the irregular awarding of pharmaceutical contracts and mismanagement at the depot.

"There are serious allegations that there is a collusion between private pharmacists and the officials at this depot to exchange drugs that are about to expire with the correct date of use-by," said DA Limpopo chairperson Desiree Van Der Walt.

"The MEC must urgently intervene to ensure that our province has adequate and uninterrupted supply of medicine. He must also launch a forensic investigation."

Van Der Walt said the problem started 15 years ago when distribution of medicine was outsourced to a private service provider.

Comments
  • Sharon - 2012-05-07 20:59

    It is not just Limpopo suffering from poor planning, it would be a sure bet that we are sitting with a national pandemic of astronomical proportions.

      Oscar - 2012-05-07 21:17

      It is called the Africanization of civilization.

      adrien.mcguire - 2012-05-08 09:24

      People could die because of the placement of incompetant people put in important positions. It is disgusting !

  • patrick.saunders123 - 2012-05-07 21:17

    so the anc is now calling theft 'poor planning'.

      Denise - 2012-05-07 23:37

      ".....He (Mabasa) said the pharmaceutical depot management had failed to buy the medication which was most needed. Although there was a shortage, the depot still had a lot of stock of medications which were rarely prescribed to patients, Mabasa said..." even a pick 'n pay supermarket shelf packer knows how to maintain stock levels to ensure stores have adequate and uninterrupted supply of NECESSARY fast moving consumer goods!

  • Neville - 2012-05-07 21:20

    Everything happen in Limpopo

  • colin.dovey - 2012-05-07 21:21

    Poor policies, abysmal planning, pathetic implementation, constructive corruption, lack of financial controls......where is it all taking this country to? WHEN are we going to start seeing just SOMETHING encouraging happening?

      jacques.koorts - 2012-05-07 21:28

      In about 2 - 3 generations. I'm sorry Xavier, but not in your life time. Political change takes decades (all over the world).

      colin.dovey - 2012-05-07 21:34

      I agree @Jacques - just frustrating and sad when most of would like to see things working for the common good.

      Lacrimose - 2012-05-07 21:36

      @jacques.koorts and sometimes it can happen overnight. It all depends on how much people are prepared to put up with and for how long. The day will come when we all say 'no more'

  • Vandross - 2012-05-07 21:30

    Corruption!! Corruption!! Corruption!!, Even some of the nurses steal medications for personal usage, Not that im surprised even many of our government officials are corrupt

      Erna - 2012-05-07 22:23

      Many of our government officials are corrupt? More likely the majority of them.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-07 21:35

    This cannot be true. The great Mathale is in total control of the Province.

  • Carl - 2012-05-07 21:37

    "Outsourced to a private service provider". 15 years ago....says it all. So nothing has been done to rectify this problem over 15 years!

  • KCorsar - 2012-05-07 21:38

    On one hand R14m in expired medicine and on the other hand not enough. Fire the imbecile that wastes tax payers money and endangers people's constitutional right to decent health care - obviously isnt up to the task.

  • jim.connolly.16 - 2012-05-07 21:51

    The national problem began when the ANC took over and "assumed" responsibility......FACT!!!

      jim.connolly.16 - 2012-05-07 22:01

      Stupid, stupid, stupid IDIOTS....absolute fools......simply do not have a clue about anything but self enrichment at the expense of those that blindly elect them. South Africa has the government it deserves, the people have voted them into power and will continue to do so......WHY????

  • Navin - 2012-05-07 22:04

    Dr.Mabasa is paid to say things like this. Is this not a statement that belongs at the end of every bit of mismanagement.We all know this...but please Dr.Mabasa look at the entire supply chain,right from conception through to tender through to procurement and supply.You may be surprised at the stink!

  • Zahir - 2012-05-07 22:15

    Govt must cede limpoopo to zimbabwe anc have run it into ground

  • Rob - 2012-05-07 22:17

    The shortages of medicine were caused by poor planning! Sounds pretty week BUT it at least as a redeeming aspect; and admission of less than minimally required capabilities on one or mre heads. But then, to blame poorplanning for this mess misses an opportunity to do a forensic examinayion of thr entire supply chain. Thus determining weak and broken points and individuals to be held accountably for the breaks. My point is that a supply shortage typically has a number of different and interdependant causes. To blame it on the incomming materials supply can only leave many dark corners of iniquity, A thourough public forensic audit of thr financials AND administrative processes will expose weaknesses and could tell those prepared to listen what not to do next time.

  • Erna - 2012-05-07 22:18

    This is much more serious than 'poor planning'. How can you have millions of rands of expired medicine lying in a warehouse and still have a major shortage? Even if it is as simple as that those responsible should be fired! Stupidity is now becoming a stale excuse.

      Sharon - 2012-05-07 22:37

      I agree that those responsible should be dealt with, but how many government officials have been fired for incompetence? It seems these people are more likely to be suspended on full pay and forgotten! We are paying millions in salaries every month for people who are just sitting at home, because they cannot be trusted to do the jobs they were employed to do!

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-05-07 22:46

    Either way, someone cashed out.

  • Sivuyile - 2012-05-08 03:38

    Poor planning i understand to a certain level. the adjudication commitee for such should scrutinise the companies they award these bids to. Its of no use utilising a company that cannot deliver in the stipulated time as this brings down the percentages of the stores. Medication cannot be treated as any king of procurement as it deals with peoples lives. And why do we overstock stores that are not in demand, as these funds could be used for that medication which is in serious demand, for example on ARVs'? Its always the case, pharmacist must not interfere with the SCM processes as these people are also proffesionals in their fields.

  • Grace - 2012-05-08 04:29

    If they were aware of a problem 15 YEARS ago... Why is it only addressed now???

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-05-08 05:31

    I wonder why the distribution of medicine is outsourced?everything is outsourced in our country

  • WhiteNut - 2012-05-08 05:55

    The MEC is not entirely honest about the problem. The main reason for this is corruption. A certain young cousin of a famous ex-ancyl leader was reportedly awarded a tender worth R200m in that corrupt provincial drug supply chain. Its about time some of those contracts get investigated by th Hawks

  • WhiteNut - 2012-05-08 05:56

    The MEC is not entirely honest about the problem. The main reason for this is corruption. A certain young cousin of a famous ex-ancyl leader was reportedly awarded a tender worth R200m in that corrupt provincial drug supply chain. Its about time some of those contracts get investigated by th Hawks.

  • Kevin - 2012-05-08 07:39

    Is it Mr Mabasa's job to tell us what went wrong, or is it his job to make sure things are run properly? That's where our problem lies - mismanagement at the top. If each executive chose a team that could do the job properly, new how to lead them to do their jobs properly and had the success of his division (and serving the people) as his chief objective, we would not have this kind of nonsense happening. Unfortunately, that is nothing close to what is actually happening. Mr Mabasa, get involved and fix it. If you don't know how, then resign and let someone capable take over.

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