A severe drug shortage has hit the Janyea Clinic, a local clinic in Bong County Electoral District #2. Our correspondent says the Registered Nurse at the clinic Madam Sarah Voyea complains during interview with the NewDawn that they have been short of essential drugs for more than four months.
She says for the past four months, they have engaged health officials in the county on several occasions, but they are yet to make any intervention to ensure drugs are available for residents.
Madam Voyea says the current situation at the health facility continues to create serious embarrassment for staff assigned there. She says as a result of the shortage of drugs, they are now constrained to write prescriptions for patients that go to the clinic for medication.
She says patients have to take their prescriptions to various drug stores either in Gbenequelleh or Gbarnga, the county capital. But she observes that patients receiving prescription papers do not have the economic power to purchase their drugs. As such, she explains further that they are constrained to keep returning to the clinic with the same sickness.
The Janyea Clinic Registered Nurse also told our correspondent that the shortage of drugs is causing residents in the area to be accusing local health attendants at the clinic of allegedly selling the drugs. Madam Voyea names paracetamol, worm medicines and others as few of the many drugs that they lack at the Janyea Clinic.
By Joseph Titus Yekeryan / Bong County –Edited by Winston W. Parley