Katima Mulilo, MARCH 21 – A shortage of various medicines including allergex syrup, an antibiotic used to treat children, have hit Katima Mulilo state hospital, Namibia Daily News has learnt. A staff member said that ARVs are not spared from the list of drugs that the state hospital does not have.
Contacted for comment the regional healthy director for Zambezi region Mrs Agnes Mwilima couldn’t deny or confirm the shortage of essential drugs. She referred this reporter to the head office as they are not allowed to speak to the media.
Staff at the hospital have also complained that the healthy facility is facing a lot of problems due to recent budget cuts.
“Things are not going well at this hospital. We even have to get toilet paper form our houses as the stock at the hospital has been depleted,” said a staff member.
Recently the health ministry made headlines when it cancelled of tea and other soft drinks to patients due shortage of funds.
Patients this reporter spoke to maintained that government should rather cancel the independence celebrations and divert the much needed funds to the health ministry to procure life saving drugs.
“We can’t celebrate while we ‘re in this mess maintained the patient.”