Kalangala Appeals for Increased Funding to Heath Sector

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Kalangala District Medical Officer Dr Hillary Bitakalamire says that the current allocation of 15 million Shillings for the purchase of medicines is inadequate for the district, which is made up of 84 Islands.

Kalangala district is demanding for an increment in financial allocations for the procurement of medicines.

Kalangala District Medical Officer Dr Hillary Bitakalamire says that the current allocation of 15 million Shillings for the purchase of medicines is inadequate for the district, which is made up of 84 Islands. He says the district needs up to 40 million Shillings every quarter to meet the increasing demand for medicine.

The outcry came as all health centres in Kalangala experienced a severe drug stock out over the last one month. The district has seven health centres spread across the different islands. They include Kalangala Health Centre IV, the biggest in the district, Mugoye Health Centre III, Kyamuswa Health Centre, Kachungwa Health Centre III, Bufumira Health Centre III, Bukasa Health Centre IV and Bwendero Health Centre III.

The stock out ended on Thursday, when National Medical Stores delivered a collection of essential drugs which include, among others, Malaria drugs, antiretroviral drugs and painkillers among others. But these can only last two weeks, the district authorities say.

Dr Bitakalamire explains that there is an increase in ailments and admission at each of the health centres.
 
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But even after the delivery, Uganda Radio Network found several patients stranded at Mugoye Health Centre III.  They said the consignment delivered by National Medical Stores at the main Health Centre had not trickled down to the other facilities.

Joseph Mugera, one of the patients found at Kalangala Health Centre said he was told that the facility does not have drugs to treat an infection that was troubling him.

Resty Nakawungu, the Speaker of Kalangala District Council says lack of constant drug supply has affected medical services in the district with many people in distant areas struggling to get medical services.

Nakawungu says unlike today, they never used to have drug stock out in the past.


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Edward Bindhe
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A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.