LIMPOPO- Occupational Health and Safety Specialist at the Department of Labour and Employment in Limpopo Carol Mthethwa says its inspectors have closed down the pharmaceutical depot in Seshego following complaints of non-compliance.
Mthethwa says workers affiliated to the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union and the Public Servants Association lodged complains through their offices that the depot had safety issues, the infrastructure is not in a good condition and the flooded building among exposed electric wires poses danger of electrocution.
Meanwhile Mthethwa says the closure will remain in place until the depot management complies with their safety regulations. Spokesperson for the Limpopo health department Neil Shikwambana says service providers that have been appointed to fix the problem at the pharmaceutical depot are already on site.
Shikwambaba says they hope the depot will be ready to reopen by Friday at the latest. He says there are small disruptions to operations but they are implementing an emergency plan that has allowed them to dispatch medication that’s urgently needed.