Dept of Health destroys millions of pills meant for the poor

Drugs meant for the poor in Mpumalanga was destroyed by the Health Dept - value R6million. (Photo for illustration only.)

Lwazi Raul

While people in rural areas of Mpumalanga complain of not getting appropriate medicines and are turned away from hospitals and clinics due to shortage of medicine, the Department of Health has today admitted that they have destroyed medicine to the value of R6 Million. According to a Question and Answer session called for by the the Democratic Alliance(DA) in Mpumalanga, the department admitted to having discarded life-saving medicines.

The following vital medicines were being destroyed:

  • Antiretroviral (ARV);
  • Vaccines;
  • TB medicines;
  • Medicines for Diabetes;
  • Anti-Hypertensive medicines;
  • Antibiotics;
  • Antiviral medicines; and
  • Anti-inflammatory medicines.

According to documents in NewsHorn’s possession, these medicines were destroyed at the HA GrovĂ© (233kg) , Shongwe (4952kg), Matikwana (779kg) and Witbank (647kg), Lydenburg (88kg), Rob Ferreira (68kg), Sabie (42kg), Amajuba Memorial (880kg), Bernice Samuel (636kg), Bethal (2476kg) Ermelo, Standerton (355kg), Elsie Ballot (965.3kg), Mapulaneng (462kg), Impungwe (1249kg) and Ngankala PHC facilities (779kg) hospitals. The figures in brackets are the amount of medication destroyed during the past financial year in Mpumalanga province.