Gauteng has shortage of Aids drugs: DA

2012-12-02 19:03

Johannesburg - There is a shortage of antiretrovirals (ARVs) in clinics around Gauteng, the DA claimed on Sunday.

Democratic Alliance MPL Jack Bloom said in a statement: "I sympathise with the concerns of Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) members who boycotted a World Aids Day event in Gauteng on Saturday because of shortages of antiretroviral drugs in several health facilities in the province."

The Sunday Times reported that about 80 people, including members of the TAC's Gauteng branch, picketed outside the Sethokga hostel, in Tembisa, during an Aids awareness campaign held by health MEC Hope Papo on Saturday.

In October, the TAC gave Papo's office a list of more than 20 hospitals and clinics where there was a shortage of ARVs.

Bloom claimed that patients were sometimes told to make a week's supply last for two weeks.

"Any disruption of ARV drug supply is of huge concern because it builds up drug resistance," he said.

He said that when the drugs become ineffective, more expensive second-line ARVs had to be given to keep HIV/Aids at bay.

The Auckland Park Medical Supply Depot supplied only 78% of essential drugs on time, Bloom said.

An investigation had found major corruption in this depot, said Bloom, adding that Papo had undertaken to act on this after due deliberation.

"Management problems at the depot must be sorted out speedily as we cannot continue with medicine disruptions in Gauteng," Bloom said.

The TAC's Gauteng chairperson, Sibongile Tshabalala, told the Sunday Times that it could not take part in the World Aids Day event as the province was threatening the well-being of people with HIV/Aids in Gauteng.

The Gauteng health department could not immediately be reached for comment.

  • mbuti.manopole.3 - 2012-12-02 19:19

    Lol how come they never dragged / mention ANC name this tym on this ?

      barry.mcbride - 2012-12-02 20:14

      Only because we all know who's in charge there!

      heathway.master - 2012-12-03 00:19

      The one conviction I have, is absolutely zero sympathy for all aids victims. Aids must be the simplest disease in the world to eradicate. Just keep your penis firmly fixed in your pants, and reserved for a single partner. The spread of aids is due to nothing else but extreme sexual promiscuity. Remain faithful to a single person, and all aids cases will rapidly disappear. Aids is nature’s way of punishing the promiscuous, totally decadent, and sex obsessed elements in our society. If I was in charge of the Aids programme, I would not supply a single retro-viral to anyone, and let all aids infected people simply die, leaving behind the sexually responsible.

      PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-12-03 06:40

      @ mbuti - Stupid much? Who, might I ask, is the ruling party? Yes, the ANC. Who is in charge of supplying hospitals and clinics with ARV's? Yes, the ANC. Who couldn't organise a party in a brewery? Yes, the ANC. They'd have stolen it blind before the party even started.

      PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-12-03 06:41

      @ Heathway - What a self-righteous chump you are! I hope no-one you love ever contracts this disease. You'd be singing a different tune then, no doubt. Idiot.

      heathway.master - 2012-12-03 09:49

      Brain Candy, sorry to disappoint you, in my whole life I do not have, do not know, have never ever had contact with or met, within my entire circle of social and work associate of a certain cultural group, a single person who has contracted aids. As I stated above, stop being sexually promiscuous, and aids will never raise its head in your life. If any of my family contracted aids, I would still believe it was nothing but their own fault. I have been married for 30 years, and my wife and I have been totally faithful to each other, and neither of us will ever contract aids, right to the end of our lives. So don’t you have the CHEEK to call me self-righteous. Whenever I hit the nail on the head, and speak the truth, it always becomes uncomfortable to those who have no logical answer to my comments, and live in a world of total denial.

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  • - 2012-12-02 19:48

    I thought that was the status quo for the ANC ?

  • mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-12-02 19:52

    DA when you grown up and matured you will be able to say, we as DA has done research on alternative supplier of ARVs and you are approaching the concerned department for possible partnership and sharing of resources.

      robyne.peel.9 - 2012-12-03 14:15

      why should they have their jobs done for them, why are we paying them in the millions when they cant even fight the most common problem in this country? ANC are useless!

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-12-02 20:25

    Schoolbooks repete.

  • richard.zanner - 2012-12-02 20:37

    And again that word most used in SA, "Corruption".

      mike.bishton - 2012-12-02 21:07

      Precisely. What is disturbing in this context though is that corruption is directly affecting life and sustaining that.

  • Ddatruth - 2012-12-02 20:39

    If u have an option to give a pill to save a life or withhold to decrease the ever increasing population to claim job creation what would u do?

  • jman.maluleke - 2012-12-02 20:52

    Not a surprise at all, all money to purchase ARV's'taken to Nkandla...

  • edwin.morena.3 - 2012-12-02 21:27

    Where is the not so hournorable premier now? She said all Gauteng problems were tackled. Sure tackled but not solved. Some ppl r just so good in lying!

  • randall.j.coetzee - 2012-12-02 21:31

    Probably at the Nkandla clinic.

  • thabo.moela.547 - 2012-12-03 07:52

    Then what is the Solution to this DA???

      hugo.mcdonald.7 - 2012-12-03 12:50

      Its is the ANC's problem, since its their region... Give Gauteng to DA and THEN ask them what the solution is...If there is still a problem...

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