Ganta Leprosy, TB Center Experiences Drug Shortage

One of the Buruli Ulcer's patient undergoing threatment at the Ganta Rehab Center

Authorities of the Ganta TB and Leprosy enter have disclosed that it is out of medications to treat patients in the midst of an increase in cases of TB and Buruli Ulcer.

Raising the concern during the past week on local radio in Ganta, the Administrator of the hospital, John Saah Brima said the shortage is undermining the smooth operation of the leading rehabilitation center in the county and the health of patients.

According to him, they have made frantic efforts to get drugs for the treatment of the prevailing diseases, but the Ministry of Health’s bureau responsible for the distribution has always complained that it is not only the Ganta Rehab that is facing the shortage but the entire country.

As a result of the lack of essential drugs to combat the diseases, Mr. Brima said the high influx of TB and Buruli Ulcer patients at the facility daily can hardly be contended with.

Buruli Ulcer according to the chief administrator is a disease that causes sore on the foot of its victim. Describing the disease vividly, Mr. Brima said it comes like a small pore on the feet or leg and then turned into deep sores, sometimes covering the entire leg or feet, and it at times resulted in deformity on the affected part of the body.

Even though Mr. Brima did not give the number of patients currently under treatment at the facility for the disease and the rest of the patients for other diseases, it may be recalled that sometime in April last year, that there were 300 patients are the facility.

During this time, there were complaints of drugs as part of the challenges the hospital was facing. Last year, this paper gathered that the government had stopped supplying treatment drugs to the hospital since 2018 July. The Daily Observer is yet to verify this as most health authorities contacted have remained tight-lipped on the issue.

Concerning the newly emerged Buruli Ulcer, the Daily Observer has been told that the cost of the drug for treating the disease is US$20.00 for 10 tablets, and a patient is required to about 120 tablets for total curity.

“Looking at the cost of this drug. Those who cannot afford will end up losing their lives,” said Brima.

In a similar development, some medical authorithies have reported shortage of Malaria drugs in Nimba; making the patients to leave the clinic with prescriptions to purchase drugs outside of medical facilities.

The Officer In Charge of Bonadin Clinic, Nyan Ben, said the shortage of some essential drugs including malaria drugs was posing serious embarrassment to the clinical staff, as patients compellingly return with the same prescriptions to the clinic when they cannot find the drugs. Efforts to get the Nimba County Health Team through the public information officer Lee Dano did not materialize as calls made to him have not gone through up to press time.


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