National Medical Stores (NMS) has launched activities to mark 25 years anniversary. As part of the celebration, NMS will hold a number of stakeholder engagement meetings to create a platform where they can discuss issues affecting the health sector in their areas and find a way forward.
The engagements will be held under the theme “innovations for effective and efficient service delivery”
Moses Kamabare National Medical Stores Managing Director commenting about shortage of basic drugs in government hospitals on unstandardized prescription of medicines by some health workers and poor procurement planning by hospital administration.
Kamabare said that some health workers do not follow the standard clinical guidelines for prescription of medicine hence causing artificial shortage.
He further blamed poor procurement skills by some hospital administrations who fail to procure the most needed drugs and end up with unwanted expired drugs when they lack drugs to give to patients.
“There are medicines that do the same job but a health worker will only prescribe one medication which is sometimes not in the pharmacy and yet the alternative is there but cannot be given out because it hasn’t been prescribed. Sometimes the health worker prescribe a big number of medicine for a patient which are not necessary hence denying the other patients right to access free medicine,” he said.
Faridah Kiyibowa, the National Chairperson Women Council cautioned National Medical Stores to address public complaints over shortage of basic medicines, including first aid medicines.
“I think we need to engage the health workers so that our people do not continue to suffer and yet drugs are stocked in stores,” she said.
Kamabare however asked women and youth leaders to advocate for good health living in their areas and work with their communities on disease preventative measures instead of waiting to get sick and look out for drugs.
“If all Ugandans did basic disease prevention practices like washing hands, sleeping under mosquito nets, immunization of children, driving carefully, using seat belts during travels and eating healthy, there would be no need to spend so much money on medications.”
“More than 75% of all diseases in Uganda are preventable by doing the basic healthy preventative measures. Avoid eating roadside foods without washing your hands, do exercises, and ensure good sanitation in your homes,” he said.
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