webinar taking place on Tuesday 13 July at 12pm via Zoom – register via Quicket on https://qkt.io/XfaIGf to get your Zoom link. We invite you to a webinar session about cancer patients and the COVID vaccine. Our panel of presenters include two oncology experts sharing current recommendations and information, Dr Zainab Mohamed, Head Clinical Unit, Radiation Oncology Groote Schuur Hospital / University of Cape Town and Dr Ria David, a medical oncologist and specialist physician from Oncocare.
It is our third week of hosting the #diabetes helpline. One clear message is that access to #insulin and other supplies are problematic in the public sector for those with #type1diabetes or #type2diabetes.
Insulin is injected and must be administered as prescribed and on time. Skipping doses or cutting back can have fatal consequences within a short time. The chronic neglect of #NCDs in the South African public health sector means that inulin is seldom available at a primary health care clinic. Meaning one has to go to a higher level of care to get supplies. This means a trip to a community health centre or hospital. Let’s just make it difficult for diabetics.
For the patient, this involves greater risks of lengthy taxi trips and waiting periods in crowded hospitals. What a way to treat people with pre-existing “underlying” health problems! Also known as #NCDs ! We are at the greatest risk of dying from severe #covid19 illness.
I am in awe of the creative ways that our empowered patients are getting medicines without standing in queues or travelling for a day. Pure survival instincts at work. We salute the private #phamacies that filled prescriptions in the national lockdown. And then, there are the unsung heroes who shared their meds because they know what happens if … #equity
The National Department of Health’s central chronic medicines dispensing and distribution programme, #CCMDD, must be urgently extended to all common #NCDs including insulin. For over a year we have asked the statistics for NCDs medicines supply using CCMDD. #transparency #equity #accountability
What does proof of concept for CCMDD NCDs look like? A verifiable table showing:
- NCDs conditions treated
- NCDs medicines and supplies formulary
- Clinics and district involved
- The number of NCDs patients registered by the clinic.
- Timelines for full rollout.
Insulin is at the top of that list. We are still waiting. #COVID19 pandemic shows just why the health systems strengthening goes beyond #TB and #HIV