——The Luangwa District Health Office has disclosed that it has few stocks of Anti Retro-Viro (ARV) drugs and has resorted to supply patients for one month instead of the required three months.
Luangwa District Pharmacist, Elizabeth Mulenga, disclosed this to the District Commissioner, Eunie Mumba, when he paid a surprise visit at the Boma clinic today Monday.
Ms Mulenga said the District Health Office had enough drugs for all the common diseases but only have a few stocks of ARVs.
District Medical Officer, Modesty Bwalya, who was accompanied by Mother and Child Health Coordinator, Victoria Nkhomeshya, told the District Commissioner that management has introduced a short term intervention of giving patients drugs on a monthly basis instead of the normal three months as they were waiting for the next consignment.
Dr Bwalya added that the office has enough drug kits which they received recently from the Medical Stores Limited for all the common diseases such as malaria and diarrhoea apart from the ARVs.
However, Mr Bwalya assured the District Commissioner that the office will soon have enough ARVs as management has already pressed an order.
And District Commissioner, Eunie Mumba, commended the medical staff for their dedication to duty and urged them to continue with the same spirit as government was doing everything possible to improve the health service delivery in the district.
Mr Mumba expressed happiness that despite him visiting the health facility without notice he found all the staff busy providing health care to patients.