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Drug Shortage Hits Biiso Health Center III

David Lukumu, the Health Center In charge, says they lack essential supplies such as anti-malaria drugs, antibiotics, vaccines, syringes, gloves, catheters, and gauze among others.
Patients lining up to seek medical services at Biiso Health Center III in Buliisa District.Photo by Emmanuel Okello.

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Biiso Health Center III in Buliisa district is struggling with an acute shortage of medical supplies. The health centre has been experiencing a shortage of essential supplies including drugs since January this year.

David Lukumu, the Health Center In-charge, says they lack essential supplies such as anti-malarial drugs, antibiotics, vaccines, syringes, gloves, catheters, and gauze among others. He attributes the shortage to delayed delivery by the National Medical Stores-NMS. 

He says, for instance, the drugs they ordered for in January were delivered in April and ran out very fast because of the high number of patients visiting the facility for treatment. He says the number of patients visiting the facility for treatment has more than doubled.

The facility receives more than 150 patients on average each day. According to Lukumu, some Congolese nationals receive treatment at the facility, which has exerted pressure on the limited supplies.

Ritah Nyamahunge, a patient who our reporter found at the facility, said they are forced to queue up for several hours to receive the little drugs available because of the high number of patients.

//Cue in;”Tukwija muyirwaro batugugamba… 

Cue out…ko gura mubazi.”//  

Patrick Mayanja, another patient says health workers often ask them to buy certain drugs from private clinics. 

//Cue in; ”Wanu ku Ddwaliro…   

Cue out…Budget ye Ddagala.”//  

 

John Bahemurwaki, another patient said the majority of residents can’t afford services in private health facilities and calls on government to upgrade the facility to Health Center IV level so as to deliver adequate services to residents.  

 

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Cue out…byayi tukole ki.”//  

Godfrey Bigirwenkya, a resident of Kihungiya village, says the problem at a health facility is understandable given the huge number of patients.

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Cue out…At home seated,”//   

A nurse at the facility, who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity, says due to the overwhelming number of patients, they are forced to send patients to buy certain drugs from private clinics because of shortage at the facility.

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