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Health Dept working to replenish medicine stocks

82 of the 155 medicines affected by a global shortage of active pharmaceutical ingredients have been restored.

FILE: According to the 2014 stock outs survey, 25 percent of hospitals and clinics experienced a shortage of drugs. Picture: freeimages.com.

JOHANNESBURG - The Health Department said 82 of the 155 medicines affected by a global shortage of active pharmaceutical ingredients have been restored.

Health facilities around the country have been battling with the scarcity of drugs.

According to the 2014 Stock Outs Survey, 25 percent of hospitals and clinics experienced a shortage of drugs for as long as three months.

Civil society groups have now called on government to act swiftly.

The Rural Health Advocacy Project's doctor Prinitha Pillay said, "What worries us is stock out that are taking one to four weeks and stock out that are taking more than a month."

The health department's Joe Maila said they hope to restore all the medication orders over the next few weeks.

"We've been running and working around the clock in order to make sure that we get out stock and back to normality. Some of the items that we wanted have been delivered except that some of them are being delivered."

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