Patients' Lives at Risk as Hospital Runs Out of Stock
Hospitals and clinics in the North West of South Africa may run out of medicine in just days as a go-slow at the province's central medicine depot enters its second month, provincial communications Tebogo Lekgethwane has confirmed. Workers affiliated with the National Health Education & Allied Workers Union are refusing to work until the provincial government meets a set of demands. HIV-positive patients, who would normally be sent at least a month of antiretrovirals, are now being issued with as few as three days' worth of the drugs, said Glenda Muzenda, who manages the Stop Stockouts Project.
Bhekisisa, 13 April 2018
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Simphiwe holds his medication, he takes up to 26 pills a day to treat XDR-TB.
MSF, 13 April 2018
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A woman holds a packet of pills at an activist meeting in Soshanguve, a township outside of Pretoria on April 16, 2015.