No shortage of medicine – yet

2011-07-14 09:08

There has been no shortage of medicines yet despite the strike by pharmaceutical and transport workers, the department of health said today.

“We are continuing to monitor the situation nationally in terms of the impact of our supplies,” said spokesperson Fidel Hadebe.

“Provinces have varying levels of stock, some going up to three months.”

He said there was no need to panic.

Workers in the pharmaceutical and transport sectors went on strike this week.

The Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood, and Allied Workers Union has claimed that some hospitals are short of medical stocks.

“In Gauteng, we have reports from Nehawu (the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union) that some hospitals are suffering with the dispensing of medicines because they are short on supply,” said co-ordinator John Appolis.

Nehawu spokesperson Sizwe Pamla was not immediately available for comment.

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) said it was not aware of such reports.

“Nothing has come to my attention so far,” said spokesperson Asanda Fongqo.

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