West affected by drug shortage

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BY ALFRED PAGEPITU

GIZO

Western Province Director of Health Services, Dr Dickson Boara.

HOSPITALS, clinics and area health centres across the Western province are feeling the brunt of the drug shortage problem, which is also felt in Honiara and other provinces.

Western Province Director of Health Services, Dr Dickson Boara told Island Sun that the national ministry of health is working tirelessly to address the problem.

He adds that in the Western province, the worst hit are the people in the rural areas.

He said the Gizo medical pharmacy is strictly monitoring drug administration as means of economising the usage of drugs during this time.

“One strategy which was introduced at the Gizo Hospital was to properly manage drugs issued on daily basis.

“We now focus our attention on critically ill patients as well as all our prioritized patients at the Hospital.

“We only attend to in-patients already admitted at the Hospital and emergency cases, but he confirmed that the number of in-patient at the Hospital is manageable.”

Meanwhile, he encourages people to take preventative measures against sickness.

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