Drug shortage hits Arua

Thursday August 18 2016


Arua. The Arua Regional Referral Hospital that serves a population of more than 3.5 million people has run out of drugs.
Speaking to Daily Monitor, the hospital director, Dr Bernard Odu, said they have not received any stock for this financial year.

“Our stores are empty and we have been relying on drugs supplied by the National Medical Stores in May and June,” Dr Odu said. He added: “So we send the patients to buy drugs from private clinics.”

He said the hospital has been relying on income from the private wings but it is also meagre for a hospital serving all the eight districts neighbouring South Sudan and DR Congo. Dr Odu said the hospital receives Shs999m non-cash for drugs from National Medical Stores, which is provided in form of supplies.

Recently, the Ministry of Health changed the drug procurement policy, with drugs that used to be procured by the hospitals now channeled through the Ministry of Health to National Medical Stores. “We gave our orders for July and August which we extracted from our procurement department but no supplies have been made,” Dr Odu said.
The weekly report from NMS indicates it has dispatched drugs to seven referral hospitals except Arua.