AIDS patients lost because of clinic move

Jack Bloom MPL

DA Gauteng Health Spokesman

Hundreds of HIV/Aids patients have defaulted on their medication because the Jeppe Clinic in east Johannesburg was moved after renovations to the old site started 15 months.

Jeppe clinic was relocated to the premises of the Hillbrow Clinic, but has lost about 350 out of 1000 HIV/Aids patients who have not returned to the clinic because of the move.

This is because of transport problems and also because the clinic is difficult to find in its temporary location.

There were angry scenes earlier this week at the Hillbow Clinic because the Jeppe AIDS patients had to wait most of the day to get their medication.

A high number of TB patients have also defaulted on their treatment because of the move.

Lives are at risk as it is dangerous for Aids and TB treatment to be disrupted.

Staff were told that the renovations to the old Jeppe Clinic would take six weeks, but this has now dragged on for more than a year.

I have written to Gauteng Health MEC Hope Papo to intervene urgently to ensure that missing AIDS patients are traced and that the renovations to the Jeppe Clinic are speeded up.