Daudi Okeny, a resident of the neighbouring Paicho Sub-County, said that he sought treatment for his child at Cwero Health Centre III after Paicho Health Centre III reported a stockout of drugs but he was equally disappointed that there were no malaria drugs.
Health service delivery is on
standstill at different Government-owned
health facilities in Gulu following prolonged drugs stock out in the district.
to District Health
Department, the National Medical Stores – NMS, which is mandated to procure, store and distribute human
medication and other consumables to government health units in the country last replenished the health units, about three months ago.
Harriet Amony, a resident of Awach Town Council
revealed that she sought treatment at Awach Health Centre IV after presenting with all signs of malaria but she was referred to Gulu
Regional Referral Hospital due to the stockout of drugs and test kits.
“I couldn’t travel because I did not have 20,000
transport up to Gulu Regional Referral Hospital nearly 65 kilometers away
coupled with long queues of patients there.” Amony, 31, told URN.
Daudi Okeny, a resident of the neighbouring Paicho Sub-County, said that he sought treatment for his child at Cwero Health Centre III after Paicho
Health Centre III reported a stockout
of drugs but he was
equally disappointed that there were no
"The health workers told me that they did not have drugs and malaria test kits. I was forced to use neem tree leaves, which I boiled to treat my
child," Okeny said.
Speaking to URN during an interview on Monday,
Ballingtone Olweny P’Ongwech, the District Health Secretary, said Gulu is served by Awach Health IV supported by
five-level III Health Centres and 14 level II Health Centres.
He disclosed that all the 20 health facilities are
faced with an uphill
task of treating
patients after running out of essential medicines such as
anti-malarial drugs, antibiotics, malaria test kits and pain killers
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Health Officer, Dr
Kenneth Canna, regretted that the stock out is forcing patients seeking
health care services from Government
health units to purchase drugs from private drug shops and clinics.
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When contacted, the NMS Public Relations Officer, Sheila
Nduhukire confirmed that the
delivery of medicines had been delayed because they prioritized
the distribution of Personal Protective Equipment - PPEs, COVID-19 vaccines and vaccines for children.
"However, the deliveries of other medicines
has now begun across the country," read a public notice from NSM
that Nduhukire shared with URN. Malaria,
neonatal sepsis, cardiovascular infections, and anaemia continue to be Gulu’s biggest disease burden.
In Financial Year 2018/2019, the diseased topped the
mortality rates in the district. Between July and December 2019, the District
registered 170,036 cases of malaria out of the 497,435
cumulative cases registered.