Patients stranded as drugs run out
Posted Saturday, November 2 2013 at 02:00
Lira- Patients and expectant mothers have threatened to stop going to Aremo Health Center II due to shortage of drugs.
The centre last received drugs in August in a supply that mostly comprised condoms.
“We trek several kilometres to get here, but we get no services,” one mother, Ms Alice Lapobo, said on Monday.
“Why are they considering condoms so much more than drugs for those who have already contracted the virus,” she charged.
Senior nursing officer Lilly Epila confirmed the drug shortage.
“In August, we only received a consignment of 1,000 quinine tablets and 100 quinine injections from the National Medical Stores which lasted for only one week,” Ms Epila, said.
She also said that NMS instead delivered more condoms to the facility than essential drugs.
“At the moment there are no anti-malarials. When patients come and don’t find anything they think we sold the drugs,” she said adding that they had, however, informed NMS and hoped drugs would be delivered soon.
The centre’s management committee chairperson, Mr Tom Okello, said Aromo Health Centre has only two midwives, yet it receives many mothers that need antenatal services.
The Out-Patient Department receives about 150 patients daily from the neighbouring districts of Pader and Gulu.
“Funds are insufficient, drugs and personnel are inadequate. In fact, the situation is worrying,” Mr David Elich Okello the Aromo Sub-county chairperson, said.