The $7.6million project that is being completed using funds secured from donors, Global Fund and the global vaccines body GAVI, the Vaccines Alliance was supposed to be up and running by August 2019 having started works in 2017. But, Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng says the project has been delayed by the coronavirus disease pandemic which caused halts with lockdowns.
The acting Health Center in Charge, Sarah Kabaranzi, says they dont have drugs for common medical conditions like Sexually Transmitted Diseases - STDs, respiratory Tract Infections and supplies like cannulas.
Dr Musinguzi, who currently serves as Director General the National Population Council NPC, will lead a board of 15 members, among them former health minister Dr Christine Ondoa, Dr Medard Bitekyerezo the head of the National Drug Authority Board, Laban Mulamuko and Beatrice Amongi Lagada.
The guidelines which were recently sent to District Health Officials indicating that the Local Governments will bear the cost of destroying expired drugs. The district will pay 565,000 Shillings to NMS for every 1000 kilograms of expired drugs. The money covers the cost of collection, transport and destruction.
Dr. Ajeani says that when cancer patients cannot access the right kind of medication that they need, so many of them are left helpless with no other option but to procure the drugs from elsewhere.On the open market, cancer medication ranges from Ugx 45,000 to 500,000 a month depending the type of cancer being treated and what regimen of drugs is being used.
Batiibwe said that when he was transferred to Soroti Regional Referral Hospital two years ago, he found out that the hospital was not testing for typhoid.
Emmanuel Batiibwe, the director of Soroti Regional Referral Hospital, has confirmed.