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Gauteng Health on Centralised Chronic Medicines Dispensing and Distribution programme

P Maesela

The African National Congress is committed to making a meaningful difference to the lives of people in terms of health. As the ANC we will continue with our concerted efforts to improve the delivery of quality health care as seen to the Gauteng residents. The distribution of medicines closer to patients is yielding positive results in the Gauteng province. More than 40 000 patients receive their chronic medication closer to their homes or places of work on a monthly basis. Amongst the recipients, the total of 41 015 patients belong to the Centralised Chronic Medicines Dispensing and Distribution programme which is an initiative of government and the private sector to dispense the prescriptions and deliver them to pick up points (private or public facilities) closer to patients homes or places of work.

As at September 2017, a total of 239 866 parcels have been delivered through both public and private sector pharmacies in Gauteng. The ANC encourages patients on this programme to ensure they collect their parcels and on time. It is unfortunate that thousands of medication parcels are returned to service providers because of non-collection. This is despite reminders sent on patients phones once medicine is at the point of collection.

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