Treatment is now available in Ekurhuleni

In July this year, the MEC for Health in Gauteng, Hope Papo, visited the facilities in Ekurhuleni and promised that there would be no more stock shortages. OurHealth went back to the facilities to check if the department had kept its promises.

Portia Serote from the Treatment Action Campaign TAC said: “Currently the patients are receiving their two-month supply and we are happy. We will continue to monitor the stock-outs to assure that every patient receiving treatment.”

She confirmed that most facilities had the antiretroviral treatment and patients were happy that they would no longer need to visit the clinic every week.

Sister Noxolo Mengwai who is the health care worker at Tswelopele Clinic said: “The department gave us a two-month supply so we are happy with that and they promised to give us more than this next time.

“We are relieved because our patients used to queue the whole day for nothing but now we are fine with the supply and our patients are happy too and once again thanks to the department for fixing this problem.”

Xolani Zitha, who is the patient at Masechaba Clinic at Duduza, said: “I recieved my treatment which will last me two months, so now there is no need for me to come to the clinic week in and week out.”

The head sister Mangwani Mokoena at Masechaba Clinic confirmed that the clinic had received a supply that would last two months, but was not sure that the promise Papo had made in a meeting held at Daveyton’s main clinic – that the supply would be increased to three months’ worth – could or would be kept.

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