There is a shortfall of ferrous sulphate in public hospitals in Limpopo. It is used as a pre-labour treatment measure so that haemorrhaging (excessive bleeding) isn’t as fatal to women during childbirth.
With more than one in 10 health facilities nationally reporting a drug stock out in the last nine months, this year’s SA AIDS Conference may have been more about what’s missing than what’s been done in the country’s HIV programme.
HIV and tuberculosis (TB) drug stock outs have hit about 14 percent of health facilities nationwide in the last nine months, according to a new study released today by civil society coalition the Stop Stock Outs Project.
More than ten percent of all health centres in the country have experienced stock outs of HIV and tuberculosis (TB) medicines in the last three months, jeopardising the health of millions of South African.
With wards packed to capacity, some Port Elizabeth mental health patients are literally sleeping on top of each other, according to health workers who say bed shortages are just the beginning of problems plaguing mental health services.