Kisoro district’s leading Government health facility is facing a crisis of drug shortages, especially meant to help expectant mothers.
Among the drugs low on supply at the hospital include Biotin and Folic Acid.
These belongs to a class of nutritional supplements, primarily used to treat nutritional deficiencies and anaemia (lack of red blood cells).
They also provide essential nutrients for the development of the baby during pregnancy and prevents birth defects.
When taken by pregnant women, Folic acid can help prevents miscarriage and neural tube defects in infants.
Dr. Rukunda Kalekezi Benon, the Kisoro Hospital Medical Superintendent said the facility is facing a challenge of low drug supply that has prompted the hospital management to advice patients to buy these drugs elsewhere.
Dr. Rukunda explained that the last drug consignment was more than a week ago from the National medical stores (NMS).
He further cautioned expectant mothers to desist from self-medication but to first consult with a professional health expert to avoid unnecessary health complications.
Dr. Rukunda said the hospital receives at least 350 patients daily in the Outpatient department with conditions that can be managed and completely avoided through behavioral change.
He said most patients come suffering from conditions as a result of overdrinking Alcohol, smoking, engaging in unprotected sex with multiple partners.
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