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Hot, lengthy wait in vain for medicine

08 March 2013
Estelle Ellis

ANGRY patients waited in vain for medicine for more than five hours at the Korsten Clinic in Port Elizabeth yesterday as the temperature in the temporary structure soared to nearly 40°C.

The clinic, where up to 400 patients report daily for primary healthcare, has been housed in the temporary structure since 2009 when the original clinic was demolished to make way for the new state-of-the-art casualty unit at Livingstone Hospital.

There was no respite from the heat in the clinic as its fan was broken.

Patients confronted clinic committee chairman Abe Isaacs while staff members tried to sort out conflict between dispensary staff which led to no medication being distributed yesterday.

Isaacs said there was only one pharmacist at the dispensary, who – apart from being close to retirement – was immobile after injuring her leg.

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