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DRUG SHORTAGE HITS BUKEDEA HEALTH CENTRE

“I have been here for almost two weeks but have not been given any treatment, the nurse says drugs are out of stock,” Adeke said.

By George Emuron

BUKEDEA: The residents of Malera Sub County in Bukedea district are in a battle to acquire treatment from the private clinics as the government health facility runs out of drugs.

Malera Sub County has got only one health center III covering sub counties of Malera, Kangole, Kababrwa and some parts of Kumi district.

In an interview with some of the patients at the facility Vicky Adeke a resident of Koreng Parish in Koreng Village said she has visited the health facility for over two weeks but she has not been attended.

“I have been here for almost two weeks but have not been given any treatment, the nurse says drugs are out of stock,” Adeke said.

Esther Akello a mother with a two year old sick baby told ugreports.com that her baby was tested for Malaria and she was referred to a private clinic to buy drugs of which she has failed.

“The doctor tested my baby and he said it has malaria, but we were referred to a private clinic and I do not have money to buy drugs,” Akello said.

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Joseph Amailem, the Malera sub county chairperson said drug shortage is one of the challenging factors in his sub county.

He says the sub county has a total population of over twenty thousand people, whereby the government delivers drugs quarterly.

“We do not have drugs for almost a month now and the government delivers less drugs which do not last long as compared to the serving population,” Mr. Amailem said.

The politician therefore urged the government to change the delivery of drugs and increase the number so as to reach the needs of a common person down the village.

Florence Akol, one of the nurses found at the facility says the facility now only conducts testing and after testing refer those who can buy drugs from the private buy.

“There is nothing that we can do, drugs are out of stock and we only carry on testing and refer to private clinics,” Akol said.

Stephen Ikodet, the acting district health officer says the drugs are supplied quarterly and the district at large has not yet received any drugs.

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