Tuesday, September 17, 2013

WC Department of Health says shortage of vaccine sorted out

Loyiso Langeni
17 September 2013

Currently across the country there is a shortage of oral polio vaccine, measles vaccine and hepatitis B-vaccine both in the public and private sector. 

Western Cape MEC of Health Theuns Botha said recent media reports that alluded to neglect on the part of the provincial government on stock management is mischievous and is targeted to taint the good management reputation of the department.

Ministerial Spokesperson Helene Rossouw said the reason for the current shortage is that the immunisations failed the South African quality assurance tests.

Rossouw added that the replacement stock will be delivered this week. 

Parents are being encouraged to keep in contact with local healthcare facilities to ensure that their children are vaccinated.  

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