Essential medicines shortage hit Gauteng

Gauteng hospitals and clinics are not receiving all the vital and essential medicines they need, with the problem being particularly bad on the East Rand.

According to a recent presentation by the Gauteng Health Department to the Health Committee of the Gauteng Legislature, there was 98.13% availability of essential medicines at health facilities from April 2016 to March this year. The report said while vital medicines stocks rated 98.56% availability for this period, this was below the target of 99% availability.

“The real target should be closer to 100%, as even a 1% drop means thousands of patients not receiving their correct medicine,” said Jack Bloom of the Democratic Alliance…..more

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