Sickle Cell Patients Protest at Mulago Over Lack of Drugs

Sickle cell patients and their caretakers on Tuesday paralyzed business at the Mulago National Referral Hospital’s sickle cell unit showing dissatisfaction to the hospital management for ignoring their cry over lack of essential drugs at the facility.

The irate patients and their caretakers accused the hospital giving them only pain killers like Paracetamol, which are not very helpful.

One of the protesters Ruth Namakula, a mother to one of the sickle cell patients told Chimpreports, “I have been bringing my son here. This time his condition has deteriorated, but every time they only give Paracetamol.”

The essential drugs for the killer disease are apparently out of stock at the national hospital.

The protestors also complained that the doctors keep referring them to private clinics to buy drugs.

Enock Kusasira the Mulago Hospital confirmed the shortage of drugs, while speaking to Chimpreports.

He blamed National Medical Stores for delaying supply of these drugs and apologized to the affected people.

 “The shortage of drugs was because National Medical Stores took two weeks without restocking us,” he said.

“But am also happy to announce that business is normalizing and patients are getting their medication accordingly”.


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