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Patients to Be Involved in Making Drug Choices

Dr. Fred Nakwagala, a senior consultant at Mulago National Referral Hospital, says only about 10 percent of Ugandans have some knowledge about drugs.
01 Sep 2019 09:48

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A study by researchers and medics at Mulago National Referral Hospital show that 85.5 percent of the people seeking treatment in Uganda don’t mind the kind of the drugs they receive from hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and other health facilities.   

Dr. Fred Nakwagala, a senior consultant at Mulago National Referral Hospital, says only about 10 percent of Ugandans have some knowledge about drugs. 

He says only about 1 percent of the patients in the country are involved in medical research,  because people think that issues concerning treatment are up to the doctor and don’t provide feedback even when they suffer side effects from drugs.

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He however, says they now want to engage patients and provide them with information on the kind of Drugs they receive and clinical findings on their illnesses before administering treatment. 

According to Dr. Nakwagala, this will empower patients to decide on the kind of treatment they receive from health facilities.

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Sylvia Nakalanzi works at Golden Center for Women’s Rights Uganda. She supports the proposal 100 percent, saying patients will be saved from side effects of drugs if they are involved in the first stage of their treatment.

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Flavia Kyomukama from Action Group for Health Human Rights and HIV/AIDS, says information is very important because giving prescriptions without any explanation isn’t sufficient in today’s medical practice.

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According to Regina Kamoga, the Executive Director of Community Health and Information Network (CHAIN) and chairperson of Uganda Alliance of Patient’s Organizations (UAPO), scientists are going to take their knowledge down to ignorant patients through community engagements, the media and community sensitization workshops among others.   

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Findings from the World Health Organizations (WHO) show that 134 million adverse effects of drugs occur each year due to unsafe treatment and care, in hospitals, which contributes to 2.6 million deaths annually in low and middle income countries.

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