PAC Quizzes Jinja Hospital Administrators Over Expired Medical Supplies

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Gerald Karuhanga, the Public Accounts Committee Vice Chairperson, tasked the administrators to explain why the medical supplies were not distributed to patients until when they expired.

The administrators of Jinja Regional Referral Hospital faced a hard time today when they failed to explain to the Public Accounts Committee why they have expired medical supplies.
 
 
It all started after the Committee made an impromptu visit to the facility this afternoon and found expired medical supplies worth Shillings 16 million. The expired medical supplies included condoms, antiretroviral drugs, aspirin, Niverapin, canulars, among others. Despite expiring in 2015, the medical supplies are still in the hospital stores.
 
 
Gerald Karuhanga, the Public Accounts Committee Vice Chairperson, tasked the administrators to explain why the medical supplies were not distributed to patients until when they expired.
 
Loy Katali, the Jinja Woman MP asked the administrators why they didn't give the supplies to lower health facilities before expiry.


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In her defense, Dr. Sophie Namusopo, the Director Jinja Regional Referral Hospital, said the drugs expired because of changes in treatment policies by the Health Ministry. She particularly singled out malaria drugs.
 
 
 
 
 
She however couldn't explain the exact drugs that were changed and whether they were not notified about the new policy. She also noted that expired drugs are separated from the general hospital store and are kept in a different store.



But a visit to the said store shocked the PAC members when they found expired drugs mixed with those that are still in use.
 
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The Committee also queried how the hospital uses the Shillings 600 million it receives annually as capital development fund. 

Karuhanga noted that this funding would be reflected through the renovation of the hospital buildings. Jinja Regional Referral Hospital serves more than 4 million people in Busoga sub region.

 

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