DoctorsWithoutBordersTimeslive reports that patients in the North West are being turned back empty-handed due to shortages of medicine as a result of an ongoing strike‚ says the Doctors Without Borders organisation.  

The Stop Stock Outs Project (SSP) has warned that several medicines and vaccines are already out of stock‚ and additional emergency measures must be taken to avoid a complete shortage in the province.  Patients with chronic diseases like HIV/Aids risk health deterioration because of the strike by the National Health Education and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu).  SSP project manager Glenda Muzenda indicated:  “The situation is not under control‚ and further interim solutions are needed as patients are going without chronic medication…  Thousands of lives are depending on an immediate solution to this crisis‚ and orders that have been placed for medicines need to be filled within the next 24 hours.  We must move rapidly to ensure access to essential medicines is not compromised.”  According to Seipati Moloi‚ spokesperson for Doctors Without Borders‚ no one is being allowed to gain entry to the pharmaceutical depot or access the stock ordering system.

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