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Mediclinic News : MANY MENTAL HEALTH MEDICINES OUT OF STOCK AND POSSIBLY FUELLING A SHADOW EPIDEMIC

Title

MANY MENTAL HEALTH MEDICINES OUT OF STOCK AND POSSIBLY FUELLING A SHADOW EPIDEMIC

Date

2020-09-23

Link

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-09-23-many-mental-health-medicines-out-of-stock-and-possibly-fuelling-a-shadow-epidemic/

News Description

DAILY MAVERICK Almost half of the most commonly used medications to treat mental illness in South Africa were out of stock in August, and many have been in short supply since March. Now, experts warn that amid the Covid-19 outbreak, the nation could see a “shadow epidemic” of psychiatric illness. David Nkosi was agitated, remembers Lucy Monroe who runs a licensed non-profit home for people with mental illness and intellectual disabilities. Nkosi, not his real name, is one of the many people at the home whose care is subsidised by the Gauteng Health Department in a decades’ old arrangement with non-governmental organisations in the province.
Created at 2020/09/29 09:11 AM by Mediclinic
Last modified at 2020/09/29 09:11 AM by Mediclinic