Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Medical Depot Petrol Bombed


Johannesburg - A medical depot was petrol bombed in Mthatha and drugs to the value of R13m were destroyed, the Eastern Cape health department said on Wednesday.

"We suspect the motive was to destroy evidence as we are busy with stock-taking, something that was not done for many years at the depot," said spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo.

He said the depot was bombed on Monday night and the fire had destroyed antiretroviral and tuberculosis drugs.

MEC Sicelo Gqobana, has asked the provincial police commissioner to establish a task team to investigate the incident, he said

He explained that the MEC ordered a forensic investigation into pharmaceutical services after clinics and hospitals complained that medicine was not distributed on time and when they arrived there were always shortages.

The Mthatha depot supplies state hospitals and clinics in the eastern part of the province with drugs.

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