Health facilities in Buvuma district are facing a shortage of drugs.
The district has one health centre IV, three health center IIIs of
Busamuzi, Bugaya and Namatale and eight health center IIs which include Lwaje,
Bwema, Nkata, Lubya, Lukale, Lingira, Namiti and Buwooya.
Dr Baker Kanyike, the Buvuma District Health Officer says that the
facilities have been grappling with drug stock-outs for two months. He says
they lack essential supplies such as anti-malarial drugs, antibiotics,
He adds that they have informed the Ministry of Health about the
shortage, but they have not received any response.
John Bunjo, the assistant officer-in-charge Kitamiiro Health Centre IV, says
the health workers face challenges attending to patients when there are no
drugs. He says that the facility receives more than 150 patients on average each day.
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Bunjo also says that they are forced to prescribe drugs to the patients, but due
to lack of money, the patients don’t buy the drugs from private health
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Richard Isabirye, a resident of Musamuzi village in Busamuzi sub-county says
that due to lack of money, he crosses the lake to the mainland in Mukono,
Buikwe or Jinja districts to access drugs in health facilities. He says health
workers often ask them to buy certain drugs from private clinics.
Isabirye says that since fishing is no longer a profitable venture
due to the covid-19 pandemic, they find it hard to survive and raise money to seek services in private health facilities.
Esalwe Kintu, a resident of Maggyo cell in Buvuma Town Council says
that they are forced to queue up for several hours at Namatale Health Centre III to receive the little drugs
available because of the high number of patients.
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Ritah Namukose, another patient expresses concern that although
the private clinics are expensive, they could be operated by unqualified people
who often make wrong prescriptions.
Buvuma district comprises 52 islands, three town councils and six sub-counties.
According to the latest national census conducted in 2014, Buvuma district has