- Clicks has sourced chronic medicines from other regions of SA for use in unrest-ravaged KwaZulu-Natal.
- A total of 47 stores across KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng remain temporarily closed after suffering more extensive damages.
- Clicks said online orders will continue to be delivered although delivery delays may be experienced in some areas.
Pharmaceutical retailer Clicks says it has sourced chronic medicines from other regions of South Africa for use in KwaZulu-Natal and is making progress in reopening stores and restoring essential services to areas which were impacted by the recent unrest.
On Thursday, the retailer said - to date - it has reopened 78 stores and 23 vaccination sites in KwaZulu-Natal, and 214 stores and 42 vaccination sites in the rest of the country.
A total of 47 stores across KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng remain temporarily closed after suffering more extensive damages. The group said it was doing everything in its power to reopen stores at a pace where practically possible.
Clicks said online orders would continue to be delivered, although delivery delays may be experienced in some areas.
Vikash Singh, Clicks' managing executive, said its operations and support teams have been working tirelessly to clean and re-stock looted and damaged stores.
"We are re-establishing our supply chain of life-saving medicines and essential goods," said Singh.
In addition,Clicks has brought in supplies and emergency medicines from other regions where necessary.
The group said existing chronic medication scripts from 35 of the worst-affected stores have been redirected to the nearest Clicks dispensary in KwaZulu-Natal. Singh urged customers to contact Clicks at their closest store or through Clicks Direct Medicines if they need emergency chronic medication so that alternative arrangements can be made for collections.
Singh said medicines should only be bought online from a trusted source or a registered medical practitioner, pharmacy or hospital. He also said customers should report any attempted sale of stolen medicines to the South African Police Service immediately. "Stolen or improperly dispensed medicines can be extremely dangerous if not stored correctly or if contaminated and may cause dangerous side-effects if not used under medical supervision," he cautioned.
To date, Clicks has administered 162 604 vaccinations at 283 vaccination sites nationwide and is on track to open 17 more vaccination sites across the country in the next few weeks as it continues its drive to ultimately reach its target of 602 vaccination sites.