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Muko Health Center IV Hit by Stock Out of Mental and Epilepsy Drugs

Daphine Logose, the in charge of the mental ward, explains that the drug stock-out has lasted for several months. She says that they lack Haloperidol, which they use as an antipsychotic medication and treatment of schizophrenia, agitation, acute psychosis, and hallucinations in alcohol withdrawal and Trihexyphenidyl that is key for treating symptoms of the side effects of psychiatric drugs.
A sign post showing Muko Health Centre IV

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Muko Health Center IV in Rubanda district is battling a stock out of essential drugs for treating mental and epileptic patients. The facility, receives more than 250 mentally ill patients and 30 epileptic patients monthly, currently lacks Chlorpromazine tablets for treating psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia or manic-depression in adults.

 

Daphine Logose, the in charge of the mental ward, explains that the drug stock-out has lasted for several months. She says that they lack Haloperidol, which they use as an antipsychotic medication and treatment of schizophrenia, agitation, acute psychosis, and hallucinations in alcohol withdrawal and Trihexyphenidyl that is key for treating symptoms of the side effects of psychiatric drugs. She also says that they lack Carbamazepine capsules for treating epilepsy.  

Logose says that due to the lockdown even some of the patients who would travel to Kabale Regional Referral Hospital for treatment have now turned to Muko health center IV because of transport challenges. She, however, says that treating them remains difficult due to the lack of drugs.

 

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Logose blames alcohol and drug abuse as the leading cause of mental illness in the district.  She says that most mental illness cases come from Muko sub-county.

 

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Dr. Godfrey  Bampabwiire, the health Centre in charge says that due to the stock out they are advising patients to buy drugs from private drug shops. However, unfortunately, they are costly and unavailable in most local drug shops in the district.  

 

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Dr. Abdon Birungi, Rubanda District Health Officer, says that they have written to John F. K. Kelly, a US nongovernmental organization for support.

 

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