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Enough TB drugs in stock

HENRY SINYANGWE, Kasama
THE Ministry of Health has allayed fears of a shortage of tuberculosis drugs in Northern Province and has assured that there are enough medicines in health

institutions across the province.
Provincial health director Kennedy Chibwe said in an interview that there was a shortage of tuberculosis drugs two weeks ago but that the situation has normalised.
Some patients at Kasama General Hospital had complained that they were not being given sufficient drugs.
“Like today, they have only given me drugs for a week which means that I have to walk a long distance again to access medication,” said one patient who sought anonymity.
And a pharmacy technician who also did not want to be named said the drugs were being rationed so that many patients could be catered for before a new consignment could be received.
But Dr Chibwe assured that the situation has normalised as the shortage only happened two weeks ago.
“We have enough drugs in all health institutions in the province, we were only rationing when we did not have enough drugs,” Dr Chibwe said.
He said Government is working round the clock to ensure that there are enough medicines in all health institutions in the province.
“The patients must ensure that they visit health centres to get the medicines and they must adhere to the medication because we have enough drugs at the collection centres and also at the storage facility,” Dr Chibwe said.

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