Tuesday October 18 2016

Shs15m drugs rot at Jinja hospital

By ABUBAKER KIRUNDA

Jinja.

Drugs worth more than Shs15m have been found rotting in a store at Jinja Regional Hospital.
This was discovered by the members of the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee during an abrupt visit to the regional health facility last week.

The committee headed by the vice chairperson, Mr Gerald Byaruhanga, found among other things, drugs such as ARVs, laboratory reagents, condoms and mama kits, all lying in the store beyond expiry dates.
It also emerged that the expired drugs were mixed with the ones whose expiry dates are still due.

The MPs tasked the hospital director, Dr Sophie Namasopo, to explaine the mix-up, including the public outcry that the hospital does not dispense them drugs claiming they are not available yet evidence as unearthed by the visiting MPs shows otherwise.

‘’Madam director, can you tell us the reason as to why those drugs got expired in the store when our people tell us that when they come here for treatment, your staff tell them that there are no drugs,’’ Ms Loy Katali, the Jinja Woman Member of Parliament also a member of the committee, asked.

The MPs also said the hospital staff are always absent.
They pointed out that most times, there are no qualified people to prescribe the drugs for patients explaining why drugs are expiring in the stores. They further noted that the mix-up of drugs is done with the intention of stealing them.

Dr Namasopo said; “These drugs rot because the patients who come here are not in need of them or their ailments do not need that we prescribe these drugs to them.’

She continued: “We are also minimising absenteeism. Those who do not show up don’t get paid.”

Expired supplies

The committee headed by the vice chairperson, Mr Gerald Byaruhanga, found among other things drugs such as ARVs, laboratory reagents, condoms and mama kits, all lying in the store beyond expiry dates.

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