Kagadi And Masindi Hospitals Stuck With Expired Drugs

The Cao Kibaale and Chief Finance Office Appearing Before the Public Accounts Committee PHOTO/GEORGE BUSIINGE The Cao Kibaale and Chief Finance Office Appearing Before the Public Accounts Committee

Kagadi and Masindi hospitals in Bunyoro sub region are stuck with expired drugs that have not been disposed of for almost three years. 

The issue of the expired drugs came onto the spotlight in the Auditor General's report of the financial year 2015/2016 which advised the two hospitals to liaise with the National Medical Stores to find ways ofcollecting these expired drugs Parliament's local government accounts Committee last week said that the existence of expired drugs could be harmful to the people.

The committee ordered CAO of Kibaale, the district health officer of Kagadi and the Medical Superintendent of Kagadi hospital to appear before it to explain how they have handled the expired drugs.

Dr. James Olowo, the Medical Superintendent of Kagadi hospital has confirmed to journalists that the expired drugs are still in the hospital but declined to explain what action has so far been taken.

 In Masindi hospital, Dr. George Bateganya, the medical superintendent confirmed that there were drugs and disposables tins that were found dumped in an open place by the auditors. Dan Kimosho, the spokesperson for National Medical Stores says it is not their mandate to collect expired drugs in health facilities.

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