Gauteng low on medicines: DA

2012-05-15 13:41

Johannesburg - The DA said on Tuesday it had received complaints of medicine shortages in Gauteng hospitals and clinics.

This was despite a pledge by Gauteng Health MEC Ntombi Mekgwe that problems at a medical depot were being rectified, Democratic Alliance spokesperson Jack Bloom said.

Helen Joseph Hospital had run out of several medicines, including peritoneal dialysis dialysate, used by patients with chronic renal failure.

A shortage of salmeterol inhalers affected asthma patients and those with chronic obstructive airways disease. These patients were becoming symptomatic as winter was approaching.

The hospital had also run out of furosemide, a crucial diuretic used to treat cardiac and renal failure, in 40mg tablets. Instead, outpatients were receiving 125mg tablets - a dose three times higher than the one prescribed, and potentially life-threatening.

Some clinics were running out of insulin and chemotherapy drugs.

Problems with a national tender had resulted in a shortage of certain antiretrovirals.

"Unpaid suppliers is a major part of the problem in Gauteng, but also inefficiency in ordering and holding sufficient stock," said Bloom.

"The Gauteng health department must rectify medicine shortages urgently as patient care is being compromised."

Provincial health spokesperson Simon Zwane said the national department was attending to the ARV shortage.

"We are starting to receive them now. We are interacting with the pharmaceutical companies to speed up deliveries where necessary."

  • Kala - 2012-05-15 13:46

    Firstly any promise made by an ANC appointed MEC is guaranteed to be empty. Secondly - Go medicine shopping in Limpopo. I hear they are selling medicine at below cost.

      Piet - 2012-05-15 13:53

      But they wont be able to afford it at the inflated Limpopo prices

      John - 2012-05-15 13:55

      gee kala i hear they cant even do tht because all the money has been allocated to all the corrupt offcials and suppliers

      Kala - 2012-05-15 13:59

      True Procold2 - I suppose that means the poor must suffer again. I guess you get what you voted for.

      mmokoatle - 2012-05-15 14:28

      It's very steriotypical to think that all poor people voted for the ruling party. It's also very steriotypical to think that monied people didn't vote for the ruling party as some of the well-off surbubs were leading with the ANC votes during the recent elections.

      Alan - 2012-05-15 14:56

      (Alan2 here) Of COURSE Gauteng has run out of critically needed medicines. It's just more proof (as if any were needed) that the ANC haven't a ruddy clue how to govern a country. And the poor suffer the most. Voters need to wake up; it's not going to get any better after 18 years of ANC rule.

      Bob - 2012-05-15 15:03

      It's supposed to be onwards and upwards, with these clowns in charge it's backwards and downwards, can they get anything right, anything at all.

      Rajen - 2012-05-15 15:44

      @ Kala, do want Gauteng DOH to buy expired medication, because that is what Limpopo DOH is holding. They just buy and buy and buy and buy and buy (must I carry on) without checking there stock levels because they are supporting Malema's companies for stock requirements.

  • Sharon - 2012-05-15 13:52

    The contagion is spreading - from Limpopo to Gauteng. I'm sure the Eastern Cape is also in trouble, just not reported yet. All I can say to the ANC: Running a country is not nearly as easy as it looks now, is it? You actually DO need at least half a brain.

      Kala - 2012-05-15 13:54

      The Eastern Cape is in trouble. The leaders have stolen R200 000 000.00 from money that was ear marked for the poor.

  • Jacqui - 2012-05-15 13:55

    Who can expect any thing else from these people?.

  • Marius - 2012-05-15 14:05

    As per my article - my son has type 1 diabetes - he was told at his last visit to CM hospital that they do not have Humalog insulin and we can only get one box of testing strips for a whole month.Diabetes is not something to play with.Shocking how our public health sector is going.

  • Erna - 2012-05-15 14:14

    I thought everyone had been paid - my mistake obviously.

      Kala - 2012-05-15 14:22

      Maybe they have been paid, but as a supplier would you continue to supply if you had to wait months for payment?

      Piet - 2012-05-15 15:16

      They have paid al the cadres....

  • paulgerber969 - 2012-05-15 14:29

    Cant even get Disprin at Charlotte Maxeke JHB Hospital.

  • Gee - 2012-05-15 14:35

    I know where you can get hold of R14m worth of medicine...hurry before it expires.

      Kala - 2012-05-15 14:51

      And at discounted prices!

  • sean.redmond3 - 2012-05-15 14:50

    So? what's new?

  • elize.vankerckhoven - 2012-05-15 15:02

    Somebody didn't get paid again!!

  • Susan - 2012-05-15 15:27

    Being a supplier of medical disposables and pharmacueticals, I know for sure that the depot was instructed not to procure unless absolutely necessary...

  • Peter - 2012-05-15 16:25

    Totsi-baby, Tamaranui where you guys at? Arent you trolls gonna defend your "mighty" ANC against us white folk from the DA?

  • - 2012-05-15 16:40

    has anybody told them the medicine is stuck in limpopo in a warehouse?

  • George - 2012-05-15 16:56

    Gauteng is low on intelligence. No amount of medicine will cure that.

  • Zahir - 2012-05-15 18:05

    Anc mec response there is no shortage or we are not aware of this or no comment

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