Govt urgently dealing with looting-hit medicine suppliers: Ntshavheni

Govt urgently dealing with looting-hit medicine suppliers: Ntshavheni

Government says the week-long unrest in KwaZulu-Natal's affected the availability and distribution of medication for HIV and TB patients. 

Pills, medication

Looters raided shops, malls and warehouses that stored medication. 

Acting Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni says it's been a challenge, but they've been moving forward with plans to replace what was stolen, damaged or destroyed. 

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She told the media on Monday, they want to avoid disruptions to patient care. 

"Work is underway to make sure that it can be replenished quick enough and they are considering various options to do that so that those severely affected because we know those who are HIV positive need ARVs and and those who have TB they cannot afford to miss their doses otherwise we are going to be dealing with something that is unthinkable.

"If you recall, the stealing has included the theft of blood sachets at the blood banks and that shows you the severity and the inhumane nature of the instigators of this riots."

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