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northwestprovinceBusinessLive reports that the health department is considering using the military to help distribute medicine in North West, where a protracted strike by the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has brought the central pharmacy depot to a standstill.  

Hospitals and clinics have only days left of essential supplies, placing lives at risk, according to civil-society organisations monitoring the crisis.  Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi was interacting with stakeholders to try to resolve the situation and officials were weighing up several practical options for getting medicines to patients, said the minister’s spokesman, Popo Maja.  Practical options for providing medicines to patients in the interim included using the military to distribute supplies and providing collection points, or setting up private sector collection points.  Nehawu has tabled a series of demands that include salary increases and the dismissal of North West’s head of health, Thabo Lekalakala.  Patients were being sent away from healthcare facilities empty-handed or with smaller quantities of medicines than usual, said Amir Shroufi of Medicines Sans Frontières SA.

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