Meds shortage in PMB

2012-01-19 00:00

NORTHDALE Hospital and other local clinics have run dry of chronic medication.

The Health Department has admitted to this problem and has promised that by the end of the week medication will be delivered to the facilities.

This comes after patients from the city aired their frustrations about not receiving their medication on time and had to be sent home without them.

The lack of medication at local health facilities affected patients with chronic illness, such as diabetese, high blood pressure and tuberculoses.

“We were sent home from Northdale after we were sent there by local clinics,” said a patient who visited the hospital to collect medication for her high blood pressure.

Health department spokesperson, Chris Maxon, said that orders will be delivered to Northdale this week.

“Last week we sent transport to collect some stock from RK Khan Hospital for issuing to patients,” said Maxon.

Maxon said there are measures in place to ensure continuous availability, however, the mistake of delivering to a wrong facility by the supplier led to the problem.

A patient, who asked not to be named, said she is receiving her medication from Scottville clinic, but when she was sent to Northdale Hospital she was told that they didn’t have her medication.

Even other patients who spoke to The Witness, who stay around the hospital, said they had to stand in long queues for medications and had to be sent home with nothing.

The patients also said that added to the lack of medication at the hospital was the problem of the pharmacy being short staffed.

The Witness learnt from the hospital insiders that about seven pharmacists’ positions are vacant and as many assistants.

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