As South Africa prepares to start easing lockdown restrictions which have kept people stuck at home for longer than two months, we cannot predict how the COVID-19 pandemic will spread as the country re-opens.

Millions of South Africans with diabetes, high blood pressure and HIV are concerned about their health as they are at greater risk of getting COVID-19 and if they do get it, they can fall seriously ill and require hospitalisation.

That’s why CCMDD or ‘Get Checked. Go Collect’ as we call it, is such a great service. It offers people with stable chronic conditions the chance to collect their medication from over 200 convenient pick-up points. These pick-up points are set up at Dis-Chem, Clicks, Pick ‘n Pay, spaza shops and even local pharmacies across Durban, so there is bound to be a pick-up point close to your home or workplace.

There are many benefits to using the service. It’s simple, fast and efficient, which will save you time and may reduce your transport costs.

Another benefit is that with such easy access to your medication, you can adhere to your treatment, keeping your immune system strong, again helping to protect you from COVID-19.

Also, using the CCMDD service means that you don’t need to wait in long queues at crowded clinics, so your risk of contracting COVID-19 is greatly reduced.

What are some of the other benefits?

  • The service is free.
  • Collection is easy and quick, at pick-up points that offer extended opening hours.
  • You can collect a three-month supply of medication at once.
  • You need to visit the clinic only twice a year.
  • You can nominate two people, like family members, to collect your medication for you. This is useful for older people, patients who are not mobile, and those with weaker immune systems who may be in isolation due to their increased risk of COVID-19 infection.
  • There are seldom medicine shortages at these pick-up points, so your treatment is not likely to be interrupted, and this helps in keeping your condition stable.
  • Your medication is packed in a sealed box, so no-one can see what’s inside your parcel.

To find out more, click here, or you can ask your nurse about registering on the CCMDD programme.