Jinja Hospital Receives X-Ray Films After a Month of Stockout

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Dr. Sophie Namasopo-Oleja, the executive director Jinja Regional Referral hospital, says they were forced to close the radiology department when they ran out of the X-ray film.

Jinja Regional Referral hospital has resumed X-Ray services; almost a month after the service was suspended due to lack of X-Ray films. On May 19th, the management of Jinja Regional Referral hospital published a memo suspending x-ray service citing the stock out of X-Ray films.




Dr. Sophie Namasopo-Oleja, the executive director Jinja Regional Referral hospital, says they were forced to close the radiology department when they ran out of the X-ray film.  She however, says they resumed the services after the National Medical Stores-NMS delivered x-ray films on Wednesday.
 



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She also noted that some of the drugs delivered such as Neverapin syrup for HIV treatment among children were delivered in less quantities while other drugs such as sodium valproate used to treat epilypse and phenobaibifore for treatment of convulsions in children were missing.

 
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Dan Kimosho, the spokesperson, National Medical Stores, says the under deliveries were triggered by the recent weakening of the Shilling against the dollar. "It is true that most health facilities are receiving less drugs compared to what they requisitioned for. We have had a challenge that the Shilling weakened against the dollar so we could not procure the budgeted drugs because our money was less." he said. 


He added that NMS has since requested for a supplementary budget from the Finance Ministry so that they cover up the gap in supplies of drugs in health facilities. "The process delayed because the Auditor General had to first look through our accounts for the previous financial year. So we expect to deliver the medicines that were not delivered in previous one or two months by start of August. "He told URN in a phone interview.

 

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Beatrice Nyangoma
Beatrice Nyangoma values her independence as a journalist. This was one of her major considerations before she became a URN staffer in 2015.

Nyangoma says, "I like URN because it gives me room to decide what stories I want to work on. That is so important to me."

The URN Jinja bureau chief since July 2016, Nyangoma considers health matters a beat close to her heart. One of the highlights of her career so far were her exclusive interviews unveiling the rot in Mulago hospital in early 2016.

Nyangoma started out writing for the Red Pepper newspaper in 2011 in her final year of university. She was majorly a health reporter. In 2012, Nyangoma moved to Top Television as a health, business reporter and weekend news editor. She was also the assistant editorial manager of Kabarole Research and Resource Centre FM (KRC FM).