WC addresses chronic medication saga

The Health Department is making inroads in the backlog of the chronic medication distribution in clinics.

Hospital

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Health Department on Wednesday said it was making progress in alleviating the backlog of chronic medication distribution in clinics.

The province was hit by operational problems after it appointed a new service provider to distribute its pre-packed medication.

Earlier in 2012, Eyewitness News reported that patients were forced to wait in long lines to receive medication. Many were told to return the following day because their prescriptions were not ready.

The department's Faiza Steyn said there were still a few teething problems.

"In Tygerberg and Elsies River, the situation is starting to stabilise. We are dispensing chronic medication through our extra pharmacies."

The problems began in April when UTi-Pharma started dispensing the medication.

The Western Cape Health Department said the contractor was experiencing "technical glitches" and apologised to patients.