White River Clinic battles with shortage of medication

Cllr Trudie Grovè-Morgan

DA councillor in the Mbombela local municipality:

The provincial department of Health must address the shortage of critical medication at White River Clinic in Mbombela.


For the past three months, chronically ill patients have been turned away due to the shortage of critical medication at the clinic. Substitute medication for diabetic patients has only recently been introduced but the clinic is still in dire need for more medication.


The shortage is believed to have been caused by the Health department changing suppliers but whatever administrative challenges the department faces should not be allowed to have a negative impact on the health of chronically ill patients.


Just last week DA spokesperson on Health, Jane Sithole tabled a motion in the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature compelling the Provincial health department to ensure that chairs are made available immediately. The department heeded the DA’s call and provided 50 chairs but these are far from sufficient as more chairs had to be loaned from a local welfare centre.


Click here to view the motion.


The antenatal ward however, is still without chairs resulting in pregnant women having to stand for long periods of time or having to sit on cold concrete floors. The old building that houses the antenatal ward also has a leaking roof that has not been repaired in a long time.


I will request my colleagues at the Provincial Legislature to write to Health MEC, Gillion Mashego, asking him to address the shortage of critical medication along with the shortage of chairs and the dilapidated state of White River Clinic.


With the current state of healthcare facilities across the province, it is becoming dangerous for Mpumalanga residents to fall ill or require any kind of care. The department of health must start valuing the lives of patients and ensure that all patients are treated in a dignified manner.