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Aids drug shortage in 6 provinces

By Sapa | May 30, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 30 ]

About 1.7 million people in South Africa are on the State's anti-retroviral treatment programme

At least six provinces are running low on anti-retrovirals (ARVs), according to a report.

One patient had to switch medication because the regular ARVs were unavailable, The New Age reported.

The life-prolonging drugs that were in short supply included tenofovir and abacavir.

About 1.7 million people in South Africa are on the State’s ARV treatment programme.

Health department spokesman Fidel Hadebe said the matter was getting “high-level attention”.

“Discussions have taken place among all the concerned parties and the way forward has been charted,” Hadebe was quoted as saying.

He said he could not comment further on the situation. “A media statement is due to be released... by the minister [of health] on what exactly is going to happen moving forward,” Hadebe said. “I wouldn’t want to be ahead of the minister in this regard.”

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I am just speechless. Where are the priorities in this govt? Is there any department that is being run efficiently other than SARS?

May 30, 2012 8:18 | 0 replies

Sowetan is my province included?

May 30, 2012 11:51 | 0 replies

we are going to die........

May 30, 2012 11:54 | 0 replies

@Yalo... I agree, unsafe sex is like committing suicide and with the state running low on meds then there is no chance you live longer that 5 years after contracting HIV.

May 30, 2012 12:4 | 0 replies

they spend money on building E-tolls,changing names of places,going courts ka di useless things insate of tiking that money & buy ARVS & other impotent things sis

May 30, 2012 12:25 | 0 replies
May 30, 2012 12:50 | 0 replies

eish! This is a calamity...
Danger!

May 30, 2012 2:33 | 0 replies

health department need a seras back up guys.....not only south Africans benefit from this tings, how many Foreigners are there in SA.a zimbabwean kid born in SA gets full medical attention plus Grant.



Talk about Ubuntu

May 30, 2012 2:40 | 0 replies

@ CAKE....I also laughed when i saw this pic it is so funny.
@ MsKinky....This pic base a fact that all of US are running away from....If we only could climb in our sheets with "Mr Condom" we wouldn't even need ARV's, based on what i've said i dont think Yalo has lost the plot.
On a serious note our government is failing us.
What do they expect if they dont deliver this medication to sick people??
We need answers from our Health Minister....

May 30, 2012 2:45 | 0 replies

nice going there anc, if you are not careful you will top HItler's tally who serially murdered 6mil, wld be interesting what your body count is to date, but hey the ppl vote for you, so go right ahead k!ll them!!!

May 30, 2012 3:25 | 0 replies

@talldude
health department need a seras back up guys.....not only south Africans benefit from this tings, how many Foreigners are there in SA.a zimbabwean kid born in SA gets full medical attention plus Grant.
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a child born in any reasonably civilised country will get medical treatment, there is nothing abnormal about that, and I wish SAns liek yourself wld get education before beaming us with your xenophobic laced ignorance, if Africans can't help from one of the very stable countries in Africa where do you expect them to get his from?

Even now African migrants are on the verge of being kicked out from Israel, I can accept that from the Jews cause really they don't owe us anything, but Africans must open their doors and hearts to African immigrants, this is their home too.

May 30, 2012 3:37 | 0 replies