Re­gion Two still ex­pe­ri­enc­ing se­vere drug short­age – Arnold Adams

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De­spite con­tin­u­ous ef­forts by Re­gion Two to se­cure an ad­e­quate sup­ply of drugs for hos­pi­tals, health cen­tres and health posts on the Esse­quibo Coast, the re­gion con­tin­ues to suf­fer from the un­avail­abil­ity of ap­prox­i­mately 90% of com­mon drugs.

This is ac­cord­ing to Arnold Adams, Chair­man of the Health and Sanita-tion Com­mit­tee and Regional Demo­cratic Coun­cil (RDC) of Re­gion Two.

Adams ex­pressed this con­cern at the statu­tory meet­ing of the RDC held on Tues­day in the board­room of the RDC.

“Sud­die Hos­pi­tal does not have about 90% of drugs. They stopped out­reaches to the health cen­tres in the var­i­ous Amerindian com­mu­ni­ties, and even on the coast­lines be­cause of the drug short­age. Sud­die Hos­pi­tal is the mother of the var­i­ous health cen­tres, and if the mother does not have the drugs then the chil­dren won’t be able to ac­cess them ei­ther. We con­tinue to call on Cen­tral Gov­ern­ment to pay more in­ter­est to Re­gion Two in terms of hav­ing ac­cess to drugs.”

Adams noted that at last Tues­day’s Health and San­i­ta­tion Stand­ing Com­mit­tee meet­ing, it was re­ported that salines, in­jec­tions, com­mon drugs and even ma­te­ri­als such as gloves are at a low.

Adams ex­pressed that Re­gion Two has be­ing ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the drugs short­age for the past sev­eral months.

“Per­sons con­tinue to call on a reg­u­lar ba­sis ask­ing the rea­son why these things are not avail­able. We con­tinue to stress and call on Cen­tral Gov­ern­ment to pay more in­ter­est in Re­gion Two to en­sure that we have ad­e­quate drugs on a monthly ba­sis. An­other thing is that we in-tran­sit a lot of pa­tients out of Re­gion Two, and when it is done, it cre­ates an ex­pense toll on the Re­gion and rel­a­tives’ pock­ets. De­spite the pa­tients will go with the am­bu­lance, rel­a­tives have to travel sep­a­rately to see the pa­tient, or prob­a­bly to pay a ho­tel so they will be close by to carry things for the sick per­sons.”

The Regional Hos­pi­tal, Sud­die Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal is tasked with pro­vid­ing drugs and med­i­cal ser­vices which are not of­fered at the Os­car Joseph Dis­trict Hos­pi­tal, health cen­tres and health posts. The Os­car Joseph Dis­trict Hos­pi­tal pro­vides health care needs to per­sons liv­ing in Re­gion One, Up­per and Lower Pomeroon River, and some vil­lages along the Esse­quibo Coast. As the Sud­die Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing drug short­ages, it is dif­fi­cult for the Os­car Joseph Dis­trict Hos­pi­tal to ac­cess drugs to pro­vide for its pa­tients since it is heav­ily de­pen­dent on the Sud­die Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal. Per­sons liv­ing in the Pomeroon River are oft times sent away with­out ad­e­quate treat­ment, and they are told that they would need to buy their drugs at phar­ma­cies.

Adams noted that as a re­sult of two non­func­tional bio­chem­istry ma­chines at the Sud­die Hos­pi­tal, per­sons liv­ing Thurs Oct 12, 2017 Fri Oct 13, 2017 09:40 - 11:10 hrs 11:10 - 12:40 hrs in the re­gion are forced to have their tests done at a pri­vate in­sti­tu­tion which in­curs ad­di­tional ex­penses. The bio­chem­istry ma­chines can per­form ap­prox­i­mately 30 to 40 blood tests within an hour.

“The ma­chines at Sud­die have been down for too long. The ma­chines can­not be re­paired, so we are now ask­ing for two new ma­chines so that per­sons can avoid going to the pri­vate hos­pi­tals to do these tests, while if we get two new ma­chines, these ser­vices can be ac­cessed from the Sud­die Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal and it will re­duce the toll of cost on the res­i­dents’ pock­ets. Again we are plead­ing with the Cen­tral Gov­ern­ment to look into the plight,” the Re­gion Two Of­fi­cer im­plored.

Thurs Fri Sat 12/10/17 13/10/17 14/10/17 1-11/ 2 hrs 08:30 hrs 12:00 hrs 13:30 hrs 1/ 2 hrs

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