Arua Hospital Grapples With Drug Shortage

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Dr. Darlington Akusa, a cancer specialist at Arua Regional Referral Hospital, says they are struggling to provide health services to patients due to lack of drugs.

Arua Regional Referral Hospital is struggling with an acute drug stock out. Information obtained by URN shows that the hospital has been operating without essential drugs for the last two months.
 
As a result, patients are diagnosed and referred to private facilities to buy the necessary medicine. Christine Atizuyo, an expectant mother told URN that she was asked to pay Shillings 10, 000 and buy medicine from a private facility, when she visited the hospital for antenatal care recently.

Dr. Darlington Akusa, a cancer specialist at Arua Regional Referral Hospital, says they are struggling to provide health services to patients due to lack of drugs. He says currently they only examine patients and prescribe for them medication, which they have to buy from private facilities. 
 
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According to Dr. Akusa, the Health Ministry halted the release of funds to Arua Regional Referral Hospital citing lack of accountability for the last financial year.
 
Dr. Bernard Odu, the Director Arua Regional Referral Hospital, told URN on phone from Kampala that drug stock outs affect all government facilities. He explained that almost all health centers in the district are struggling with a similar problem.
 
Dr. Odu, however declined to comment on the issue of accountability.

Dr. Patrick Anguzu, the Arua District Health Officer, told URN that he did not know why the hospital has not been receiving drugs.

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