Drug Shortage Hits Doe Zuoplay In Nimba

By Solomon T. Gaye

The Officer in Charge (OIC) Harrison L. L. Garwon has disclosed that there is an acute shortage of drugs and medical supplies at the Doe- Zuoplay Health Center in Zuoplay Town, Nimba County. Mr. Garwon informed The Inquirer that the acute shortage of essential drugs is impeding the smooth operations of the clinic and is therefore calling on the Ministry of Health to intervene by bringing more antibiotics drugs and other essential medical supplies at the clinic.

The OIC added that the clinic has been out of essential drugs for the past three months and patients are buying their own drugs after prescriptions from the clinic before being treated. Mr. Garwon said the clinic receives over hundred patients daily but the lack of antibiotics to treat other communicable diseases is creating serious concern amongst the staff and citizens of the district. Doe- Zuoplay Health Center is one of the biggest and strategic health posts operating within the Doe- Administrative District in Tappita, Lower Nimba County.

According to the OIC, the town has a population of over 10, 000 who are receiving medical treatment from the clinic. Mr. Garwon added that the clinic needs more antibiotics such as Cloxicillin, Flagy, Amoxycillin, Ampicillin and other essential medications to stop the spread of communicable diseases in the communities.

The OIC said the clinic is being supplied by Africare in collaboration with the County Health team. He said for the past three months the clinic has not received any drugs but pointed out that the only drugs available at the clinic now are for malaria. The OIC then called on all pregnant women in the district to visit the Health Center for check-up to prevent any medical complication during delivery.