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Delayed Distribution of Medical Supplies Worries Kyotera, Rakai Districts

Dr Edward Muwanga, the Kyotera District Health Officer, says that they are eagerly waiting for the supplies given the increasing number of COVID cases. As of Monday, the district had 388 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

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Health authorities in Kyotera and Rakai districts have raised concern about the delayed distribution of supplies to boost the district`s preparedness to Covid-19.

Last week, the Ministry of Health announced that it would dispatch additional medical supplies including oxygen cylinders to regional referral hospitals and health units. However, in Kyotera and Rakai districts, the authorities are yet to receive the supplies.

Dr Edward Muwanga, the Kyotera District Health Officer, says that they are eagerly waiting for the supplies given the increasing number of COVID cases.   As of Monday, the district had 388 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Muwanga further noted that all HCIII facilities received COVID-19 antigen Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs), but did not receive Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) sample collection and packaging materials, including request forms which have impeded the testing exercise.  

Richard Bantubalamu, the Kalisizo Hospital Administrator, says apart from the normal deliveries which were made last week, they have not received any supplies.

However, Rakai hospital and other lower units have not received the equipment as well according to Moses Sakor, the Rakai DHO.  

Eng. George Otim, the Commissioner Health Infrastructure –Ministry of Health, says the distribution process started on Wednesday and it’s being managed together with the Joint Medical Stores (JMS) and National Medical Stores (NMS).  

Otim explains that they have experienced some delays on the side of the JMS which was still clearing some equipment with the Uganda Revenue Authority.

He further adds that most of the hospitals will have received the equipment by Sunday.

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