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ANC mulls state drugs firm

Jul 19 2011 11:30 Sapa

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Johannesburg - The ANC is considering establishing a state-owned pharmaceutical company, secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday.

"Serious discussions started at the lekgotla on starting a state pharmaceutical company," he told reporters at Luthuli House.

"It's not just an idea...(it has been) given back to the cabinet to say, 'look into it'... there was a compelling case for it," Mantashe said after a four-day ANC national executive committee lekgotla.

South Africa consumes 25% of antiretrovirals available in the world.

The lekgotla received a report on health, showing a dramatic increase in the number of people tested for HIV/Aids. It has increased sixfold, from two million per annum to 12 million per annum.

There has also been a "dramatic increase" in the number of people accessing treatment.

 
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