Kazo: Residents decry drug stock-outs in government health facilities
Authorities in Kazo district have pronounced their outcry for drug stock-outs which has hampered health service delivery at different government-owned health facilities in the district.
This was revealed by, Justus Mugarura, the Mayor Kazo Town Council while speaking at the National commemoration of World Hepatitis Day held at Kazo Model Primary School Playground in Kazo town council.
Speaking as the Chief Guest, Dr Diana Atwine, the permanent secretary in the Health Ministry revealed that the purpose of commemorating this day is to enhance awareness for Hepatitis as many people are ignorant about it.
“Hepatitis is a silent killer! What is so sad with Ugandans is that we send Vaccines and drugs to health facilities and they expire! Go and test, when you are negative, you get vaccinated when positive, get drugs” said Dr Atwine.
Dr. Diana Atwine, the Ministry of Health PS speaking during the National Commemoration of World Hepatitis Day
Dan Kimosho, the Member of Parliament Kazo constituency, asked people to focus on preventive care before seeking medication. “Sanitation and good health start with your family, be neat and responsible to reduce this labor from health officers!”
Ministry of Health PS, Dr Diana Atwine together with area MPs; Hon Dan Kimosho and Jennifer Muheesi inspecting the testing and vaccination desks speaking during the National Commemoration of World Hepatitis Day.
In his remarks, the district LC V Chairman, Rev. Samuel Mugisha Katugunda, said there is high demand for the drugs since the population is high, especially those who seek services at Kazo Health Centre IV
Nsubuga Zirimenya, the district Chief Administrative Officer also revealed that the district suffers from shortage of health workers and equipment in their new facilities requesting Dr Atwine to intervene.
In her response, Dr Atwine promised to help the district in equipping the facilities but tasked the concerned personnel for proper accountability.
Dr Atwine also asked the residents to focus on preventive health care noting that the money needed by the government to fully equip the facilities with enough drugs and medical personnel has not been realized.
The National Commemoration of World Hepatitis Day took place in Kazo district on Monday under the theme “One Life, One Liver – Protect Both“.