DA blames KZN Health Dept for dumped condoms

2015-06-22 11:28
Unexpired condoms were found dumped in Emadlangeni (Utrecht).

Unexpired condoms were found dumped in Emadlangeni (Utrecht). (Supplied)

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JUST days after the South African Aids Conference in Durban, thousands of unexpired government issue condoms were found in a municipal rubbish dump in rural KwaZulu-Natal.

The “shocking” discovery was made by a DA public representative in Emadlangeni (Utrecht).

“The fact that KZN’s Health department, under MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo, may in fact be guilty of dumping the very tools required to curb the spread of HIV/Aids smacks of complete indifference to this ever growing pandemic. The MEC has some explaining to do,” said DA member of provincial legislature Dr Imran Keeka in a press statement.

Keeka said the two boxes of about 6 000 condoms found are “clearly” marked with the Department of Health’s logo.

“The expiry dates, 03/2017 and 02/2019, are clearly shown. To add fuel to the fire, the ANC-led government in KZN continues to deny a shortage of ARVs. KZN’s Health Department is showing more often than not, that it is incapable of managing resources ranging from medicines, vital medical devices and now even condoms,” he said.

The Witness recently reported on the ARV shortages as well as dumped medication and medical devices at the Northdale Hospital.

“There can be no doubt that KZN’s Health Department is currently in a very precarious position. Its unstable leadership consists of an MEC who is in denial, an acting HOD, an acting CFO surrounded by controversy and various acting positions from top management downwards,” said Keeka

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