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By: Khomisani Chabalala
In July ( 2017), Mopani district in Limpopo had faced shortage of HIV testing kits and many calls were made to right channels by members of the public who had been unable to take HIV tests.
Following a snap survey, Treatment action campaign (TAC) members found out that number of health facilities had either very few, or no testing kits at all;
Vyeboom Clinic, Basani Clinic, Hlaneki Clinic, Ratanang Clinic, Xivulani Clinic, Mapayeni Clinic, Khujwana Clinic, Giyani Health Centre, Nkhensani Hospital, Thomo clinic and Dzumeri Health Centre were affected by the situation.
“Knowing your HIV status is the most important thing people can do to protect their own health and avoid spreading of the virus, meaning that a shortage was a crisis for the HIV response in the area”, said TAC Limpopo ( the name of the source with his or her tittle in the organisation should be included on the first quote. only the surname for other quotes if it is the same person commenting)
After receiving and validating the complains, TAC Limpopo escalated the matter to District Health Department and the Office of the Mayor, TAC added
The official response from government was that the supplier’s tender had come to an end and they had failed to calculate risks and put measures in place to avoid a stockout. Following TAC’s intervention, limited stock was quickly delivered to the following centres,Giyani Health Centre, Nkhensani Hospital, and Thomo Clinic, TAC said
“TAC Limpopo received a call from Giyani Health Centre extending their gratitude for our intervention on the matter shortly after. The situation urgently needs to be resolved for the rest of the facilities to ensure HIV testing can resume”, TAC added
Edited by Rhandzu Hlongwane