Drug Stock Out Hits Kisoro Hospital Due to influx of refugees from DRC

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By Daniel Nsengimana

KISORO: Kisoro hospital faces drug shortage. This has forced authorities to advise patients to buy from private clinics.

Kisoro hospital medical superintendent Dr. Benon Rukunda Karekezi confirmed to our reporter that the situation has prompted the hospital management to advise patients to buy drugs out the hospital.

Dr. Rukunda said that Kisoro hospital was supposed to receive second drug consignment on 21st October 2022 from National medical stores (NMS) but the supply has delayed. He however said that they are hoping to get supplies from NMS within this week.

Karekezi added that health workers at Kisoro hospital are just giving expertise at professionals to patients and when it comes to medicines and supply, they refer them to private clinics.

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He attributed the drug stock out at Kisoro hospital to influx of refugees from Democratic Republic of Congo.

Some patients from humble backgrounds where found stranded at the facility by thesourceug.com reporter said that, health workers at Kisoro hospital diagnosed their diseases and advised them to buy drugs from private clinics.

Most of patients said that they don’t have money and cannot afford services at private health facilities and asked government to help them and deliver drugs in time.

 

Kisoro hospital is the only public district referral hospital in the district. The facility receives more than 200 patients on a daily basis and receives patients from Kisoro, Rubanda as well as from DR Congo and Rwanda.

 

When our reporter contacted the Public relations officer at National Medical stores Sheilah Nduhukire, she promised to follow up the matter.

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