Buvuma Health Centers Hit by Malaria Drug Stockout

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Vincent Mawerere, the Officer in Charge of Busamuzi Health Center 3, says malaria drugs ran out of stock two weeks ago

Government health centers in Buvuma district have not had malaria drugs for the last two weeks.
 
 
The drugs shelves at Kitamiro health center 4, the biggest hospital and Busamuzi health center 3 in Busamusizi Sub County are empty.
 
 
Vincent Mawerere, the Officer in Charge of Busamuzi Health Center 3, says malaria drugs ran out of stock two weeks ago.
 
 
He says 50 of the 60 patients registered at the facility each day suffer from malaria.
 
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Cue out…tetulilina"//
 
Our reporter saw some patients leaving the Busamuzi health center 3 without being attended too due to lack of drugs.
 
 
Olivia Kaudha, an expectant mother told URN that she had trekked a distance of over 16 kilometers from her home in Kasanja village for treatment only to be told there were no drugs.
 
//Cue in: "nviridde mu kasanja…
Cue out…naye teli"//
 
Ronald Byantuyo, another patient our reporter found leaving Kkitamiro health center 4, said they had been referred to a clinic because there were drugs at the facility.
 
 
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Cue out…kutukolako"//
 

Hussein Dhamuzungu, a councilor in Busamuzi Sub County, said there is need to increase the drugs supplied to the facilities because of the high number of patients.
 
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Cue out…service enungi"//
 
Harriet Nakizitto, the Buvuma District Health Secretary confirmed the drug stock-out and other supplies. She explained that the National Medical Store-NMS, which is in charge of stocking health centers, is yet to increase supplies to the district to march the growing population.
 
 
//Cue in: "Abalwadde bangi…
Cue out…mu mazzi"//
 

According to the medical schedule seen by URN, the National Medical Store will deliver medicine to the health facility mid-February.