MEDICINE SHORTAGES CONTINUE IN GAUTENG

Jack Bloom MPL

DA Gauteng Health Spokesman

I continue to receive complaints of medicine shortages in Gauteng hospitals and clinics despite the pledge by Gauteng Health MEC Ntombi Mekgwe that problems at the Auckland Park Medical Depot are being rectified.

Helen Joseph Hospital, for instance, has run out of the following medicines:

Peritoneal Dialysis Dialysate: means many patients with Chronic Renal Failure are being compromised.

Salmerterol inhalers: Many patients with Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Airways Disease are losing control, and becoming symptomatic just as winter approaches.

Furosemide 40mg tablets. ( Lasix): Crucial diuretic used for cardiac failure and renal failure. Patients getting 125mg tablet as outpatients. This is 3 times the dose they should be getting, and potentially life threatening.

Insulin is running out at some clinics, and even critical chemotherapy drugs.

The shortage of certain Anti-retrovirals (ARVs) is caused by a national tender problem.

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

The Gauteng Health Department must rectify medicine shortages urgently as patient care is being compromised.

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