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New suppliers blamed for ARV stockouts

Written by Tshilidzi Tuwani

Stock-outs of ARVs in Soshanguve is a problem to the patients, clinic staff and caregivers.

Maria Rantho, a clinic with ARVs stock-outs

Maria Rantho, a clinic with ARVs stock-outs

Stock-outs of ARVs in Soshanguve is a problem to the patients, clinic staff and caregivers.

An ARV patient who asked to remain anonymous said, “I understand the shortage is not the clinic problem but I have no money for ups and downs transport. I am not working.”

Although the NGOs and caregivers do not supply ARVs to patients, they are not spared from answering questions about these stock-outs. “I have been asked about why lamivudine is not available in the Block XX clinic by two patients and I didn’t  know what to say. I am afraid it might lead to patients complications subsequently.” said a caregiver, Boipilo Morake of Soshanguve Block P.

Sister Emma Mabula of Maria Rantho Clinic said, “I know of the shortages of lamivudine in our pharmacy. It is a problem caused by change of suppliers in delivery of medicines. However the problem will be dealt with soon when we meet with them. But we have a lot of single dose ARVs in Odimune that assists our patients in need.”

“Though we request patients to come again for ARVs collections in few days, we don’t foresee a danger of defaulting because our patients are given more drugs than their day of collection as a contingency.  We hope the matter will be addressed soon with our suppliers,” said acting area manager, Sister Salamina Mashego.

About the author

Tshilidzi Tuwani

Tshilidzi Tuwani is an OurHealth Citizen Journalist reporting from Gauteng's Tshwane Health District.