Family angry at clinic’s alleged ‘negligence’

2015-09-03 06:00
PHOTO: nompendulo ngubane

A pack of blood pressure medication and the HIV pills a Caluza clinic patient was given instead.

PHOTO: nompendulo ngubane A pack of blood pressure medication and the HIV pills a Caluza clinic patient was given instead.

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THE family of a 51-year-old Machibisa­ woman, who was given HIV pills instead of her blood pressure medication last Friday, is furious.

The woman, a regular patient in Caluza clinic, was given Odimune pills.

An Odimune pill contains three HIV medications – efavirenz, FTC and tenofovir­ - and is a generic version of Atripla.

She told Echo she collects her pills once she receives an SMS telling her that her medication is ready.

“There was no SMS, but I knew I had to collect my pills because I had the date on my clinic file. When I got to the clinic it was the same routine. I waited on the bench and joined the queue as usual. When it was my turn, the guy gave me the pills in a white container. I became suspicious immediately. I told him that the pills are different from the ones I normally get. He said, ‘mama for now just use these pills. They won’t hurt or do any harm - they work the same as your BP pills’. I thought of seeing the superior, but then thought that would not help.

“I got home, and my daughter, who is a nurse, knew what the pills were.”

“I was shocked,” said her daughter.

“I was shocked at the negligence and thought about other people. What if my mother was not the first one? What about other poor people who just do what they are told at the clinic or hospital? These pills are very dangerous and one has to go for a thorough check-up before taking them. They were very negligent in this regard,” said the daughter.

The Department of Health said they would respond once it established the facts. At the time of going to press nothing had been received from the department.

Side effects of Odimune:

• Sleep disturbance (including nightmares)

• Mood changes (including anxiety and depression)

• Rash, liver toxicity, lipid changes, kidney problems.

• Fatigue

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