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FATAL MISTAKE

The Voice: "A 12- year- old boy who died after he was mistakenly given a fatal dose of wrong anti-retroviral tablets (ARV’s) was buried last Sunday.
If only the pharmacist had listened to the HIV positive boy (name withheld) when he suggested that the bottle he was given was not the one he normally had, he would still be alive today claimed his grieving mother."

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