Drug Shortage Hits Tamale Teaching Hospital

Officials of the Tamale Teaching Hospital have blamed the delays in the restocking of essential drugs at the facility to the bureaucracy associated with the Procurement Act which mandates that due process must be followed.

According to them, various line managers are mindful of procedure in order not to contravene elements of the act and as a result are not able to immediately restock drugs that have run short at its pharmacy.

Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the hospital, Misbao Mohammed, who disclosed this to DAILY GUIDE hinted that officials of the facility have always desired to have adequate drugs in stock, bearing in mind the fact that the hospital serves as the major referral hospital in the three northern regions.

He, however, observed that the bottlenecks of the procurement procedures defeat this purpose, citing it is the reason why the hospital over the weekend run short of essential drugs to cater for patients.

Drugs such as intravenous ringers lactate and intravenous metronidazole were over the weekend in short supply, compelling patients to buy them outside the facility before they could be attended to.

Misbao Mohammed, however, disclosed that the facility was at an advanced stage of restocking the pharmacy with the needed drugs when the news broke out allaying fears of the hospital being in distress.

Despite the hiccup, he disclosed to the paper that the facility is in full operations attending to the hundreds of clients who report for medical care daily, debunking the assertion clients were being turned away.

At the time of going to the press, he confirmed to DAILY GUIDE that the matter had been resolved, stating that there was no need for patients to be referred outside the facility to buy drugs since the challenge had been addressed.

‘We will by the close of today have everything in stock at the pharmacy and stores as back-up until we reach such a time more would be required,’ he stated.

From Stephen Zoure, Tamale

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