About 1,7 million people in KwaZulu-Natal are now collecting their chronic medication closer to their homes without having to spend money on transport fare or wake up very early to stand in long queues.
This is according to KZN Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo who was speaking during the official opening of the Ombimbini and KaHhewulana clinics under Ulundi Municipality.
MEC Dlomo attributes this to the Central Chronic Medicine Dispensation and Distribution (CCMDD) programme.
Through the programme more KZN citizens are also adhering to their chronic medication, and hospitals and clinics are less congested.
MEC Dhlomo said since the launch of the CCMDD programme in 2014 about 4 557 chronic medication pick-up points have been established across the province.
“We are very pleased with the success of this programme,” said MEC Dhlomo.
He said this means that patients who are hypertensive, or diabetic, or those who have arthritis, HIV and other conditions only have to come to a health facility once after three months to collect their medicine.
“They are fetching their medicine closer to their homes, at libraries, community halls, tribal courts and other local amenities. The medication is pre-packaged and all looks the same, which helps eliminate stigma because no-one can tell what the medication is for.
He said the CCMDD programme has reduced waiting times; improved access to chronic medication and decongested health facilities.
“We would therefore like to encourage more people to take advantage of this programme. It is extremely convenient for patients, and us as healthcare workers.”
Patients who wish to use the CCMDD programme need to register at their nearest health facility and choose the pick-up point that is convenient for them.
Patients must bring their identity document/passport or permit to register and collect treatment. Collection dates are written on the collection card. Patients will receive updates on the delivery of their medication via SMS.
They can also register other people to collect the medication on their behalf.
For inquiries call the toll-free number 0800 070 070 or send a “please-call-me” to 073 161 7102.