Dicey denial: Inside the drug shortages crisis

Battle stations: Princess Marina is the country’s largest hospital where large numbers of Batswana converge for all manner of health care and treatment PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Battle stations: Princess Marina is the country’s largest hospital where large numbers of Batswana converge for all manner of health care and treatment PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

The crippling shortage of medicines around the country is resulting in more chronic patients lapsing and some accepting their fate. One of them, a 62-year old man who last accessed his diabetic medication in October, even believes he can now do without the drugs, writes Mmegi Correspondent, NNASARETHA KGAMANYANE

This situation is terrible for people living with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, HIV, hypertension and others, as the long-running shortage of drugs in public hospitals and clinics has forced them into an impossible choice: Buy your own or risk death.

Government says the crisis is the result of supply chain troubles across the world, as well as its own rigorous checks and standards that have resulted in the cancellation of some orders.

Editor's Comment
Tighten the law on drug dealers

Our youth are perishing; their once hopeful bright future is going down the drain; all because of illicit drugs.It is very easy to blame the addict, but it is not as simple as that! Drug dealing is a very lucrative business for some shameless people amongst our society and as such they have come up with tight strategies on how to push their business.Drug addiction is bad, and while the individual on drugs sometimes might have been the one who...

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