Ekurhuleni clinics go without critical infant vaccine

Clinics in Tembisa, Nigel and Bonaero Park have run out of the critical infant vaccine, Hexaxim.

This vaccine, administered at 6 weeks, boosts the body’s own antibodies to protect from Hepatitis B, Diptheria, Tetanus and Pertussis – often called whooping cough.

This was revealed to me when I visited the Bonaero Park clinic as part of my oversight as a Councillor and the DA’s Mayoral Candidate for Ekurhuleni.

Mothers bring their infant children to the clinic from as early as 06:00am to receive this vaccination that is currently out of stock.

A DA-run Ekurhuleni would ensure that all clinics are adequately stocked for all critical vaccines by installing electronic stock management systems that would automate the re-ordering process. No new-born should go without any critical vaccinations due to a lack of stock at government run clinics.

The DA calls on Ekurhuleni Mayor Mondli Gungubele, ANC Mayoral Candidate Mzwandile Masina and the ANC to take their heads out of the sand and address this critical shortage immediately.

I will be undertaking unannounced visits to clinics in every community in Ekurhuleni to highlight the sorry state of primary healthcare in this city over the next two weeks.

Ghaleb Cachalia

DA Mayoral Candidate for Ekurhuleni