Limpopo health crisis

By Drum Digital
25 May 2012

The young student is scared and has every reason to be. He has stared death in the face once before and wonders when it will happen again.

Several months ago Matume Masemola* was too weak to walk, talk or eat as he began his personal battle with HIV.

While in hospital he started taking ARVs and was grateful when his health began to improve and he put on some of the weight he’d lost.

He began to believe he had a future. Today the 26-year-old law student at the University of Limpopo is wondering if he will survive long enough to graduate.

He hasn’t had access to ARVs for weeks. Matume is just one of thousands of victims paying the price for maladministration and corruption in cash-strapped Limpopo.

The province is on the verge of a full-scale health crisis after excess medicine, including antibiotics, ARVs and HIV test kits worth R20 million expired in a warehouse at Seshego, outside Polokwane, and more were allegedly stolen and sold by corrupt officials.


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