The FF Plus's recent proposal to outsource chronic and other medication to accredited pharmacies in the Western Cape in the future must urgently be considered as it will have numerous benefits for communities.
At present, state hospitals are struggling to keep up with the increase in patients. Thus, establishing a good working relationship between the provincial government and the private sector will have numerous advantages, such as shorter queues for the elderly, making medication more accessible and making it easier to maintain the prescribed social distance during the period of Covid-19.
In addition to this, it will enable nurses to deliver medication to the elderly and disabled persons with visits.
During these visits, routine check-ups, like blood pressure and sugar levels, can be performed and, thus, a continuous record can be kept of a patient's general health.
Nurses will also have the opportunity to report on socio-economic circumstances including, among other things, signs of neglect, malnutrition or abuse of the elderly – things that are often overlooked.
The FF Plus, therefore, asks that the Western Cape Minister of Health, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, must urgently compile a report on the matter so that it can be discussed in the Western Cape Provincial Legislature.
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