Call to share KZN’s success in dealing with HIV with other provinces

2013-09-13 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL government ought to share its success in the management and the fight against HIV with other provinces, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) said yesterday.

Patrick Mdletshe, the provincial chairperson of the organisation, said KwaZulu­-Natal, unlike other provinces, had avoided crippling problems of medicines procurement, supply chain inefficiiency s and stock management plaguing other parts of the country.

“We have noticed that there had been problems in other provinces such as the Eastern Cape, where there have been even reports of children dying,” he said.

Mdletshe was speaking following a march by the organisation in the Pietermaritzburg city centre yesterday. The march was part of a nationwide campaign by the TAC called “A day of action”, to encourage government to deal with teething problems regarding the provision of medication.

Tomorrow, the organisation will hold a big rally in the Eastern Cape where there have been reports of serious problems.

Mdletshe said although KwaZulu­Natal still had its challenges, it was still one of the better performers in the provision of medication.

He, however, warned that this could change with the resources in the province coming under strain from people from other provinces.

“There are people from the Eastern Cape, Free State and Mpumalanga who are coming here to get medication. What we want to see happen is that the provincial government shares its success with other provinces.”

Desmond Motha from the Department of Health said they had initiated various strategies to deal with HIV/Aids, including roving teams so people would no longer have to come to hospital either to be tested or for treatment to be started, but could be helped in their nearby clinics.

He said people often came from other provinces to seek assistance in KwaZulu-Natal. “In KZN we have no waiting list, so people who are sick will notice that the disease is gaining momentum and they will simply come to KZN and at times they do not disclose they are not from KZN.”

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