Gauteng hospitals almost fully stocked

Many hospitals in the province previously experienced drug shortages because of problems with suppliers.

FILE. Many hospitals in Gauteng previously experienced drug shortages because of problems with suppliers. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Health Department says state hospitals across the province are almost fully stocked with medicine.

Officials say reserves are standing at just over 90 percent.

Many hospitals experienced drug shortages last year because of problems with suppliers.

The department's Barney Selebano says, "I would be happy to say it's 100 percent, yes. But you know, they [patients] might have gone to a clinic and they wanted something and at that time the clinic may not have had that."

The Democratic Alliance's Jack Bloom however says the department needs to plan better.

"It was very bad planning by the Gauteng and national department. This is why this whole crisis has arisen."