‘€œThree months ago I decided to go for an HIV tests and the results came back positive,’€ Mhlanti told OurHealth. ‘€œI am supposed to start my first batch of treatment on December 4, but I’€™m worried about this.’€

Clinics in the Eastern Cape where he lives have suffered severe drug shortages in recent times. ‘€œWhat is happening at the Department of Health is disappointing. This shortage of drugs makes me very worried about the future: what is going to happen to my health? How many productive years do I have ahead of me? ”

According to Mhlanti, the recent drug shortages at Eastern Cape clinics are making patients feel hopeless, and he is appealing to authorities to address the situation immediately. ‘€œAs things are at the moment, we can’€™t look forward to a long healthy life.’€