ARVs Shortage in Daveyton A Violation of Human Rights

28 March 2013    


The Inkatha Freedom Party in Gauteng (IFP-GP) finds it demeaning to note that few days after commemorating Human Rights; some clinics in Daveyton on Gauteng's East Rand do not have medicine, vaccine and antiretroviral treatment.


The IFP-GP fails to understand how the people of Daveyton could be deprived of their absolute right to receive health care, while the Gauteng Department of Health boasts that everything is fine as far as treatment stock-up is concerned in Gauteng.


Shockingly similar ARVs shortages came to light in 2012 with Daveyton among those areas affected. But as it stands, the former is again suffering from the same scarcities, with patients having to wait and eventually being sent back home without receiving treatment.


The IFP-GP as a party that values people's lives shares the outcry of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) in demanding life-saving medicine such as ARVs. However, the question the party wishes to ask is whether this government is just incompetent or ignorant to the extent that it repeatedly needs to be reminded of its responsibility of ensuring the wellbeing of ordinary citizens who heavily depend on these public clinics.


As we celebrate Human Right Month, the IFP-GP is not uninformed of the provision in the Constitution that clearly states that, 'Everyone has a right to have access to health services'. But this it seems the government of Gauteng fails to consider and the shortage in the supply of ARVs is a mere indication of violating this right.


"Given the danger to patients' health, we call upon the Gauteng Department of Health to swiftly resolve the shortages. These deplorable shortages have become far too common in our province. It is high time that the MEC of Health commission an investigation to find the causes of these shortages and prevent them from ever taking place," said IFP Caucus Leader in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL) Bonginkosi Dhlamini.



IFP Caucus Leader in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature; Bonginkosi Dhlamini; 071 622 7523 


IFP Media Liaison Officer, Musa Ngobeni; 079 412 9757 / 011 489 6401