Medicine worth R1.6m allowed to expire in Mpumalanga

2015-04-12 15:36


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Mbombela - Mpumalanga’s health department allowed medicine worth R1.6m to expire during the 2013/14 financial year, it emerged during a recent provincial legislature sitting, AENS reported on Sunday.

Reacting to the admission by Health MEC Gillion Mashego, Democratic Alliance (DA) MPL Jane Sithole questioned how this was allowed to happen.

“How does the department allow the medication to expire whereas we have a lot of health facilities around the province without medication? Many people are ill and are suffering because they can’t get medication,” Sithole told African Eye News Service.

Sithole said various clinics in the province were running out of much needed medication because the department failed to stock them.

“While patients complain about the shortage of critical medicine, [un]hygienic conditions, some clinics don’t even have running water and or electricity,” added Sithole in a press statement.

R24m set aside for healthcare professionals - MEC

She said Mashego promised to introduce a more effective system to supply and deliver drugs to all healthcare facilities.

“The MEC also stated that R24m has been put aside in the new budget to employ more healthcare professionals such as medical and professional doctors. The DA welcomed this announcement as it will alleviate long queues at many health care facilities,” said Sithole.

Provincial health spokesperson Dumisani Malamule said the department would soon implement a new supply and delivery system.

“This will ensure that no medication will be disposed of. This will allow healthcare facilities to share information amongst one another of who has a shortage and who has available stock. They will be able to supply one another if there is a shortage,” said Malamule.

He said a pharmaceutical tender would be advertised in the Tender Bulletin for the supply of medication to all health facilities.

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