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Hepatitis B Vaccination Suffers Set Back over Lack of Syringes :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Hepatitis B Vaccination Suffers Set Back over Lack of Syringes

People in need for vaccination are tasked to purchase own syringes from private pharmacies.
Residents of Iganga district line up for hepatitis B vaccination at the district headquaters on Wednesday.
  The vaccination against hepatitis B in Iganga district has suffered a setback due to lack of syringes.

 

People in need for vaccination are tasked to purchase own syringes from private pharmacies.

 

According to a nurse who spoke on condition of anonymity, each syringe in the municipality costs 1,000 shillings whereas, in the rural sub-counties of Nawandala, Bulamagi, Nabitende and Nakalama, it costs 2,000 shillings.

 

Nelson Okurutu the in charge of Iganga municipal health center III, says that he orders for 150 doses of hepatitis B vaccine on a weekly basis but is supplied with 150 syringes without testing kits.

 

“I always order for approximately 150 doses of hepatitis B vaccine and am supplied with the same number of syringes yet testing kits are never delivered, so this leaves me without any other option other than instructing those who test negative to buy syringes for immunization,” Okurut says.

Patrick Byekwaso, a bio-statistician in Iganga district says that the deliveries of syringes to lower health facilities depends on the supplies received from national medical stores.

 

“We deliver according to what NMS gives to us for instance, you can order for 1000 doses of hepatitis B vaccine and they will deliver the same amount of syringes, therefore, that's what is distributed to these lower health facilities and in case of stock out, residents out of good will purchase these syringes from private pharmacies,” Byekwaso says.

David Muwanguzi, the Iganga District Health Officer, says that the supply of syringes from NMS is low and even asthmatic patients in need of aminophylline injections are tasked to buy the syringes.

 

“The syringes we receive from NMS are still very few and they no longer supply the 10ml syringes used while administering aminophylline to asthmatic patients who end up buying them from private health facilities,” Muwanguzi says.

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