Doctor off hook

The KwaZulu-Natal health department has not taken disciplinary action against a doctor for dispensing dual therapy treatment to HIV-positive babies, a health spokesman said yesterday.

The KwaZulu-Natal health department has not taken disciplinary action against a doctor for dispensing dual therapy treatment to HIV-positive babies, a health spokesman said yesterday.

Provincial health spokesman Leon Mbangwa was reacting to claims by the DA health spokesman Mike Waters that Colin Pfaff, a doctor at Manguzi Hospital in northern KwaZulu-Natal, was facing a charge of misconduct for administering the therapy.

"He has contravened policy. We are not against dual therapy treatment for HIV-positive babies, but it is not something that has been implemented yet," Mbangwa said.

"We have not yet budgeted for it and we do not have the capacity yet for it." - Sapa

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