The health facilities are struggling to manage the patients at the treatment centre over shortage of drugs. The common drugs for treating COVID 19 patients are Azithromycin, Zinc, vitamin C and Vitamin D.
Kamukira Health Centre IV in Kabale Municipality and Kabale
Regional Referral Hospital have run out of drugs used in the treatment of COVID 19 and other
According to Ivan Mubangyizi, Kabale Municipality Health Officer says
that Kamukira Health Centre IV lacks azithromycin, dexamethasone, zinc, vitamin
C and vitamin D drugs.
Mubangyizi says that however much the facility provides
services to over 10,000 people every month, it was also given a responsibility
to monitor Covid-19 patients under the Home-Based Care system in Central and
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Rodney Tabaruka, a senior
Pharmacist at Kabale regional referral hospital and also the Kigezi region in charge
of drug supplies told MPs on the Covid-19 task force that the hospital
currently has no essential drugs such as tocilizumab, Budesonide inhaler,
Rivaroxaban, Clexane, Pipracil, Flucamox, Enoxaparin sodium.
Tabaruka says attendants of Covid-19 patients are forced to use
their money to buy the drugs. Tabaruka however says that it is also very
difficult for covid-19 attendants to buy the drugs because of being scarce and
Tabaruka cites an example of tocilizumab drug which costs 3.4 Million
Shillings a dose.
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Alfred Besigensi, Kabale District Health Officer says that most of
the essential drugs recommended for managing Covid-19 were not part of the kit
which is supplied by National Medical Stores (NMS). He also says that some of
the drugs like tocilizumab, Budesonide, Clexane, Pipracil, Flucamox, Enoxaparin
sodium are rarely supplied to government health facilities by NMS.
Besigensi however says that the district task force will put the
essential drugs in the procurement plan within this financial year.
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But, Thaddeus Nicholas Kamara, Kabale Municipality Member of
Parliament and Francis Mwijukye, Member of Parliament for Buhweju County
attributes the stock out of such essential drugs to the Ministry of Health’s
They wonder why the ministry did not project earlier that there
will be another Covid-19 wave so that they prepare for it.