Clinics in Umkhanyakude Experience Shortage
of Medication and Resources

18 July 2013    



The IFP is gravely concerned at the shortage of medicine and resources in rural clinics under uMkhanyakude District.


IFP Spokesperson on Health, Mrs Hilda Msweli, MP, said "I visited KwaSomkhele and Entondweni clinic where the nurses confirmed that there is a drastic shortage of medication. There is no stock of pain killers or gauzes for injured patients. In addition, the nurses stated that this problem had already been reported to Hlabisa Hospital, which is the main source of supplying clinics with medication but the hospital replied that there was no medication on hand. In these clinics there are long waiting periods to see doctors and even after patients have been seen by a doctor there is no medication available."


The IFP maintains that government must focus its limited resources on our most 'medically' deprived areas, thereby improving the quality of health care in the areas of greatest need.


Msweli further stated that, "We call upon the MEC for Health in KwaZulu Natal, Dr Sbongiseni Dhlomo, to institute urgent action in resolving this problem. Hlabisa Hospital was renovated but it is useless if it is failing to supply medication to local clinics. This situation requires urgent redress without any further delay. Our People are suffering," concluded Msweli.


The IFP calls on the Department of Health in KwaZulu Natal to direct that mobile clinics operate day and night to assist those requiring medical care. Access to a reasonable level of health care is a fundamental human right which is entrenched in the Constitution of South Africa.


Issued by:

IFP Spokesperson on Health, Mrs Hilda Msweli, MP, 072 513 1833


or contact 

IFP Parliamentary Caucus Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675