Bor Hospital runs out of drugs

By Manyuon Mayen Manyuon

The Director General of Bor State Hospital has raised alarm over absence and unavailability of drugs at the main State health facility after drugs supply failed in time.

Dr. Moses Gak Reech told Juba Monitor yesterday that the facility has been miserably experiencing shortage of drugs for the last four months without option.

He stated that the medical doctors were just to refer patients to purchase drugs on their own after prescriptions given the challenging situation.

“Our consignment used to come after every four months. Now we have not received the consignment from Juba for over four months. So, I can confirm to you that we don’t have drugs and even emergency drugs,” Dr. Gak explained.

Though Bor State Hospital normally receives its consignment after every four months as usual, Dr. Gak revealed that the hospital failed to receive its consignment for at least four months since the last supply.

The health official revealed that the occurrence may worsen if the State and National Health Ministry fail to intervene at this current malaria season.

“We don’t even have antibiotic, while it is malaria season in the town. So the town is full of malaria cases including diarrhea diseases and it’s really shocking. As per now, we just send our patients to go and buy their own drugs from the market. We don’t have option,” Dr. Gak stated.

“It could be better if our health partners cooperate with our National Health Ministry and see what could be appropriate to save the lives of suffering patients at Bor State Hospital,” he added.

Bor State Hospital is the main facility that serves a population of more than 150,000 persons within Bor town alone, besides its neighboring States of Eastern Lakes and Terekeka respectively.

The Director General figured out that the facility currently receives more than 500 patients per a day, which he said had signs of water borne related diseases.

After paying a short visit to Bor town late last month, National Minister of Health Dr. Riak Gai Kok decried the health situation in Jonglei State after seeing congestion and suffering of the patients at the main Hospital.

He described the then situation in Bor State Hospital as “challenging and heart breaking.”


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