Mmegi Online :: Drug shortage hits Tlokweng clinics
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Drug shortage hits Tlokweng clinics

The supply and availability of drugs at clinics in Tlokweng has led to a gradual decline in performance of the institutions, which scored 74%, Mmegi has learnt.
By Tsaone Basimanebotlhe Wed 28 Feb 2018, 13:45 pm (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Drug shortage hits Tlokweng clinics








This shows that the clinics have performed significantly below the set target of 97%.

According to a report that serves to highlight the progress of the development projects and programmes under the management of Tlokweng sub-district for the quarter ending December, the challenge of drugs is due to the Central Medical Stores (CMS) turn around time for procuring for the facilities.

Councillors learnt this week at a sub-district full council meeting that some medications have been out of stock and this compromised quality care.

“In the routine HIV testing programme, the uptake among those offered testing stood at 38%.  This is a low number and defeats the efforts of the programme’s objective of offering free testing and enrolling those who have tested positive in the treat-all programme.  From those who tested, 4.7 percent have tested HIV positive.  A 126 new clients were in the antiretroviral treatment,” Richard Boitshwarelo said.

He said in the Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) programme, 40 HIV positive women were registered, and from that number, 30 were already on treatment while nine were initiated on treatment, but no mother-to-child transmission of the virus was recorded.

He added: ”The programme also recorded an increased partner testing rate, registering 75.8%, which is an improvement compared to past records”.

Under the community tuberculosis (TB) care 75 people were screened and one was diagnosed with TB.

The report says under orphan care and support provision, 51 pupils attended the development and stimulation session and 25 pupils graduated from school.

It says 296 adults and 165 youths turned up

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for the alcohol and substance abuse awareness campaign and Nkaikela group reached 375 female sex workers with HIV sexual reproductive health messages and referred them for HIV and STI testing services.

On other issues of poverty eradication, Tlokweng sub-district council chairperson, Nnaniki Nkwe said their district is not making any growth on project sustainability with 13 projects excelling from a total of 216 funded projects.

The report shows that programme uptake stands at 81% with 176 out of 216 projects funded since inception.

“The department continues to monitor these projects and the last monitoring was conducted in January 2018, where 58 projects were visited.  In addition to that, efforts to recoup utensils for projects that have been abandoned were also made and a total of 16 beneficiaries were visited. It is, however, worth noting that the office did not recoup any equipment due to non-cooperation by the clients,” Nkwe said.

On Youth Development Fund (YDF), a total amount of P2,000,000 was allocated and a total of P1,294,970.42 was awarded for 10 projects, one commenced, seven at procurement and two are on condition, in which one was approved on condition while one for photography and videography was approved by the appeals board.

The report shows that since YDF inception 133 projects have been approved, 126 funded, four declined, while 85 are operational and 34 have collapsed and monitoring for this quarter was done for 20 projects with 18 operating and two not operating.

It says loan repayments stand at P354,721.65 against arrears amounting to P7,043,876.

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