Dr. Nelson Naisye, the Buliisa District Health Officer-DHO, says the hospital lacks essential medicines such as anti-malaria drugs, antibiotics, vaccines and medical supplies such as syringes, gloves, catheters and gauze among others.
General Hospital is battling an acute shortage of drugs and medical supplies. The
hospital has been grappling with a stock out of essential medicines since
November last year, which has affected service delivery to residents.
Dr. Nelson Naisye, the Buliisa District Health Officer-DHO,
says the hospital lacks essential medicines such as anti-malaria drugs, antibiotics,
vaccines and medical supplies such as syringes, gloves, catheters and gauze among
He attributes the drug
shortage to delayed delivery by the National Medical
Stores-NMS. According to Dr. Nasiye, NMS was scheduled to deliver
medicines to the hospital in December last year but changed the delivery to January, which didn’t happen.
also says the number of patients visiting the hospital for treatment has more
than doubled given the influx of refugees and high number of people working in
the oil rich district.
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Busobozi, the Buliisa District Medicines Management Supervisor, says the situation
at Buliisa General Hospital is appalling, adding that there is need for
consideration of the district.
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He says the huge influx of Congolese nationals
flocking the facility to access health services is exerting pressure on the
little drugs allocated to the facility, adding that there is need for
government to increase the hospital budget.
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Colodhine Akumu, a patient who was found at the
facility, says they are at times forced to line up for drugs, which they don’t get.
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The hospital receives more than 3000 patients
on average each month.