By Mugisha Agaba Duncan
Rodney Tabaruka a senior pharmacist at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital told members of parliament how they lack basic medicine like Zinc yet they operate a budget of shs8.7 billions according to Vote 168 at Ministry of Finance.
The MPs got touched by the pleas of the pharmacist launched the “RODNEY FUND” but forgot to ask him how he requisitions for drugs at National Medical Store monthly.
The Western Region Parliamentary task force on COVID-19 established the “Rodney Fund” at Kabale regional Referral Hospital named after Rodney Tabaruka, the senior pharmacist in charge aimed at helping health workers at the health facility who get covid19.
Hon Dr Joseph Ruyonga- Hoima City MP
The fund was launched by the Western region Parliamentary task force on COVID-19 led by Joseph Ruyonga Hoima City when they visited Kabale Regional referral hospital.
During the Visit Rodney Tabaruka the senior pharmacist at Kabale regional referral hospital told the committee that the facility lacks essential drugs like Tosilimzab that costs around Ugx 3.4million and also says that the facility also lacks like clocsasine that helps the patient when blood clots and other inhalers which costs over Ugx 19.6million per month to buy.
The MPs then launched the fund and pledged Ugx 7 million as start up for the Rodney Fund where Dr Nicholas Thaddeus Kamara pledged Ugx 4 million. He already handed over the money to buy the drugs that include zinc, dexamethasone. He also brought Dickson Kateshumbwa’s 1 million and handed it over to the hospital leadership on Monday led by Dr Anne Marion Namutebi Consultant physician at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital
Dr Anne Marion Namutebi Consultant physician at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital says that fund is a welcome initiative as the fund is going to go a long way in treating specially in treating the sick staff that fall sick in line of duty as they have been able to buy the drugs that we feel are required We are open to any help plus the help that the government is giving the hospital.
“We want to thank the members of parliament for their generosity we don’t take it for grated we think the fund is going to go a long way in treating specially in treating the sick staff that fall sick in line of duty We have been able to buy the drugs that we feel are required We are open to any help plus the help that the government is giving us”. Said Dr Namutebi.
Dr Sophie Namasopo the Director of Kabale Regional referral hospital and Alfred Besigensi the Kabale Acting district health officer say that So far, over 60 health workers have already contracted COVID in Kabale and so far no case of death among the health workers in Kabale has been reported but they have gone through hell in buying the medicines.