Kalangala runs out of medical supplies

Health facilities in the outlying islands of Kalangala spent three weeks without utilities and supplies for the different consumables to handle patients in the area.


The missing consumables include gloves, syringes, cotton wool and in some of the facilities, there is an acute water shortage that has stalled treatment of patients at the facilities, which include, among others; Bukasa, Mazinga, Jaana and Kachanga Health centres.


The four health facilities serve up to 50 islands in the sub-counties of Bukasa, Bufumira and Bubeke. Now patients have been advised to buy gloves, syringes and cotton in order to receive treatment at government facilities.


“Sometimes we fear to handle the patients without gloves. At times we have to send them back to private clinics for them to buy medical equipment,” said Sarah Nansubuga, a health workers at Jaana Health Center II.


Richard Ssebanga, one of the patients found at the facility indicated that he had so far used 183,000 Shillings to buy bandages, cotton, syringes and drugs for the one week spent in the out patient’s department. Ssebanga is suffering from severe burns after his house caught fire at Banga landing site.


Willy Lugoloobi, the area chairperson says that the government increased the number of health facilities in the area but did not increase the necessities and staff which has caused a shortage of consumables and equipment.


The District Health officer Hillary Bitakaramire confirmed in a telephone interview that, several supplies were lacking and the National Medical Stores is aware of the deficiencies.


When contacted, the National Medical stores public relations officer James Odong indicated that the institution delivered supplies as requested by the district authorities.