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PATIENTS ADVISED TO BUY DRUGS FROM PRIVATE CLINICS

By Daniel Nsengimana

KISORO: Patients in Kisoro district have been advised to buy drugs from private clinics.

Kisoro Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr. Rukunda Karekezi Benon confirmed the development saying the situation has prompted the hospital management to advise patients to buy drugs out of the hospital.

Dr. Karekezi told our reporter that Kisoro hospital was supposed to receive a second drug consignment on 21st October 2022 from National medical stores (NMS) but the supply has been delayed.

He however said that they are hoping to get supplies from NMS within this week.

”Health workers at Kisoro hospital are just giving expertise to professionals to patients and when it comes to medicines and supply, we refer them to private clinics,” he said.

The medical expert attributed the drug stock out at Kisoro hospital to the influx of refugees from Democratic Republic of Congo.

Patients at the same hospital told our reporter that health workers advise them to buy drugs from private clinics.

Most of the patients said they don’t have money and cannot afford services at private health facilities. They asked the government to help them and deliver drugs in time.

Kisoro hospital being the only district referral hospital receives over 200 patients on a daily basis and serves patients from Kisoro, Rubanda as well as from DR Congo and Rwanda.

We could not get a comment from the National Medical Stores Public Relations Officer Sheila Nduhukire by the publication time.

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