BY AMACHA GOLI
ADJUMANI: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 01, 2021
There is relief in Adjumani district following delivery of medicines to Adjumani general hospital by the National Medical Stores the official Agency that supplies drugs and other medical supplies to government health facilities.
The September 28, delivery offsets a stock-out that had complicated access to health services and work difficult for the health staff.
District officials report that the previous supply of medicines to Adjumani was done in June, leaving a three-month gap that was difficult to fill.
Dr Dominic Drametu, the district health officer (DHO) confirmed the arrival of the medical supplies but said that they are only enough for the general hospital, leaving out lower level health facilities un-stocked.
“In August government issued a circular informing us that the next circle of drugs will be delivered in December because government is constrained with Covid-19 response. But we are over stretched with patients coming from the neighboring Southern Sudan, and district of Obongi, Amuru and Moyo,” he said.
The Adjumani hospital medical superintendent, Dr Michael Ambaku attested that most of the essential drugs and other medical supplies, especially sundries for maternity ward, have been included in the batch.
“In the last two months expectant mothers had to source medical gloves, cotton wool, gauze and surgical blades from private facilities, while those who went through cesarean section were compelled to buy switches which is sh10,000 per piece,” he recounted of the dire situation.
While in the Out Patients Department the clinical officers were simply doing diagnosis and prescribing drugs for patients who would later buy from private drug shops and pharmacies in town.
Dr Ambaku disclosed that Adjumani hospital receives sh72m from central government for procuring drugs which is expected to last eight months.
This budget however is initially to cater for the host population of about 220,000 people and with the almost equal number of refugees settled in the district, the hospital and lower level health units have been dragged into experiencing frequent drugs stock outs.
Dr Ambaku acknowledged that the UN refugee Agency through Medical Teams International is funding health budget to supplement government effort but he said the supplies have not been commensurate to the health needs of the increased population.