Mvolo County PHCC in dire need of medicines
Mvolo County government in Western Equatoria State (WES) has said the Primary Health Care Centres (PHCC) in the area have run out of basic drugs.
According to Mvolo County Commissioner John Komodi, the drugs that are often distributed in Mvolo PHCC are inadequate and do not last for three months as required.
“The situation here is terrible. Our PHCCs normally run out of drugs before three months due to high demand in the area,” Komodi lamented.
“We do not have drugs even basic anti-malarial [ones], anti-venom for snakebites including the other basic drugs which are helpful for the community in the area,” he added.
Komodi raised the issue to the WES Minister of Health while in Mvolo County earlier this week during his official visit to inspect the health sector in the area.
He appealed to both state and national governments to supply them with essential drugs.
He said most people always lose their lives while trying to seek treatment at the hospital due to long-distance and issues of insecurities along roads in the county.
“For one to be transferred for better treatment, we either go to Mapurdit in Lakes State or 90km to Lui Hospital in Eastern Mundri and the roads to those areas are not good, so people end up dying. [This] would not be the case if drugs are available.”
In April this year, a health official in Mvolo County raised the concern about the lack of anti-venom to treat the snakebite patients after the area lost over five people in just two weeks.
“It’s a deep sorrow to lose my patients from snakebite just because of not having anti-venoms at the facility. This disease becomes the second but worse than malaria in my facility just today having two patients of snakebite,” said Tatawa James, a clinical officer in Mvolo PHCC in April.
When contacted for comment, state minister of health James Adu confirmed the drug shortage was serious.
He said they were working on how to address it.
“The issues of hospitals and PHCCs lacking essential drugs are not only in Mvolo County but in almost all the facilities in the state, “This has seriously affected primary health care centers across the country, including areas less affected by the conflict.”
However, Adu noted that the government has been supplying the drugs to those PHCCs but they are not enough to meet the demand.
He said most areas that have been affected by the conflicts, the PHCCs in the areas have been closed and could not get any supplies.
“So these are some of the problems we are working to address it. This endangers the lives of many people, especially the poor women and children,” he said.
He said the civil war has led to the closure of most of the hospital wards due to a lack of funds and the withdrawal of health partners in the country.
“I am already in Juba to push the concerns of the state so that we see into it what exactly went wrong and what to do about the situation,” Minister Adu told City Review.