NMS Faces Malaria, Hepatitis B Drug Stock Out

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Moses Kamabare, the NMS General Manager, says government only allocated Shillings 5.7 billion out of the Shillings 45 billion in the 2016/2017 financial year for the purchase of the anti-malarial drugs.

The National Medical Stores-NMS has warned of a looming shortage of anti-malarial drugs unless government release funds for the purchase of new stocks.



Information from NMS shows that drugs under the artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) are running low. Moses Kamabare, the NMS General Manager, says government only allocated Shillings 5.7 billion out of the Shillings 45 billion in the 2016/2017 financial year for the purchase of the anti-malarial drugs. 
 

He says unless government releases the remaining funds by January, government health centers will suffer drug stockouts.
 

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Statistics from the Health Ministry show that malaria is still the leading cause of death in Uganda, accounting for over 27 percent deaths. Uganda ranks 6th among African countries with high malaria-related mortality rates.
 
Kamabare also disclosed that they require funds to purchase the third dose for the hepatitis B in some districts.
 
 
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He explained that they have already given two doses to the first 14 districts to benefit from the Hepatitis B mass vaccination exercise including Gulu, Kitgum, Lira, Arua, Adjumani, Yumbe, Moyo, Kasese, Ngora, Bukedea and Amuria.

 
Statistics from the Health Ministry shows about 3.5 million Ugandans are living with chronic Hepatisis B. The highest infection rates are in Karamoja at 23.9%, Northern Uganda (20%), West Nile (18.5%) and western region (10%).

 

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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.