Essential Drugs Expire Following Power Outage At Soroti Hospital

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Emmanuel Batibwe, the Director Soroti Regional Referral Hospital, says some of the vaccines and drugs that need refrigeration went bad because the generator couldnt power the cold storage facility at the hospital.

Soroti Regional Referral Hospital is stuck with expired vaccines and other essential drugs following the week long power outage at the hospital. The power outage was caused by a fault on the transformer that supplies power to the hospital.

 
Emmanuel Batibwe, the Director Soroti Regional Referral Hospital, says some of the vaccines and drugs that need refrigeration went bad because the generator couldn't power the cold storage facility at the hospital.


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According to Batibwe, they are looking for ways of procuring vaccines and drugs to replace those that went bad due to lack of refrigeration. 
He however, says they may take time to receive the vaccines since National Medical Stores operations on a certain schedule. 
 

Despite the fact that the faulty transformer has been fixed, Batibwe wants power distributors UMEME to dedicate a special line to the hospital. 

According to the Center for Disease Control-CDC, vaccines are sensitive to heat. The vaccines deteriorate rapidly when they are exposed to heat and lose their efficiency.