NEBBI. The in-patient ward at Kucwiny health centre III in Kucwiny sub-county, Nebbi district has been abandoned by the patients over lack of medicine.

Kucwiny health centre serves over 40, 000 locals from within and outside the Sub County and registers 1,600 outpatients daily out of which 5-6 who are often admitted.

But since December last year, the health facility has registered a drastic decline in the number of patients seeking services though the few available nurses have kept the doors open.

Ms. Rosanile Akumu, 53, a resident of Ndima village in Kucwiny sub-county said it is useless to go to the health centre when you know you will not get medicine and even if you are admitted you have to buy all the medicines you need.

“In Kucwiny health centre III, when they bring medicine, it does not even last for a week and when you have severe cases, the medical workers take their own time to attend to you. So most of us prefer going to Angal,” she said.

But Mr. Henry Bedich, the in-charge Kucwiny health centre III noted that they only admit patients when there are drugs and this to him, is mainly because last year, a health worker was arrested for selling medicine in the ward.

He said a patient alleged that the health worker sold government drugs yet investigation showed that they were not.

“Since then, the hospital management committee resolved that if we are to admit, it should be when the drugs are there and if anyone is to buy drugs, he or she should buy them from the trading centre and no drug should be sold from within health centre. Now we fear to admit patients when the medicines are not there," he said.

Bedich said the last batch of drugs received from National Medical Stores (NMS) was in December last year. He said they have not received drugs for the current quarter though orders were placed.

As a result, patients in critical conditions and in need of admission are either referred to Angal hospital or Padwot Midyere health centre III.

Mr. Richard Binega, the LC III chairman of Kucwiny Sub County encouraged the community not to abandon the health centre but instead advised them to utilise it even though there are no drugs.

“I know these health workers are doing their work and if there are others who ignore patients they should stand warned because if they continue like that, we shall decide what to do which may not be so good," Binega warned.