Drugs expected to reduce death in remote areas
Turkana is prone to snake bites especially the puff adders and some green and black mambas. So we have anti snake venoms going all the way to our lower end facilities and those are community based dispensaries so that we don’t lose lives because of snake bites,
A Ksh. 10 million drugs consignment is expected to reduce the rate of deaths arising from snake and dog bites and Kalazar in remote
and inaccessible areas of the county.
Deaths resulting from snake and dog bites have been on the rise over the past years and the remoteness has also contributed to the rise in deaths arising out of difficulty to transport patients for treatment. Lack of medicine in local health facilities is the major contribution to the deaths, in case a victim of the poisonous bite is rushed to a nearby dispensary and it happens that they have no drugs.
While the drugs curing infections arising from Snake and dog bites as well as Kalazar drugs are quite expensive as purchased from the Mission Essential Drug Supply (MEDS) the demand for areas like Lokiriama, Kapedo, Kaikor and Loreng’ipi is high hence prompting
the ministry of health to procure the drugs.
Lodwar county referral hospital medical superintendent, Dr. Gilchrist Lokoel said Turkana is a region prone to snake bites especially the
“Turkana is prone to snake bites especially the puff adders and some green and black mambas. So we have anti snake venoms going all the way to our lower end facilities and those are community based dispensaries so that we don’t lose lives because of snake
bites,” he said.
Lokoel added that Kalazar is common in the Loima belt and Turkana west, “ant hills are common in Turkana and if you lean on them an insect known as sun fly bites and infects you with Kalazar.”
The Loima belt accompanied by Turkana west is receiving a lot of cases and treatment is provided within 28 to 30 days, so the county government is supplying drugs to take care of this.
Turkana county Health ministry also procured drugs worth Sh. 32 million, which were flagged off by the chief officer in the ministry,
Agnes Mana at the Lodwar county referral hospital. They are to be supplied to all level health facilities including dispensaries and 5 major
hospitals in the county.
Drugs worth Sh. 21 million will be distributed to dispensaries and other community based health facilities while the remaining worth Sh. 11
million will be distributed among 5 major hospitals in the county,according to the chief officer. “We have 5 hospitals in Turkana, one is in Kapedo bordering Baringo county and the drugs have alread been sent, for Lodwar county referral hospital in Turkana central we giving drugs worth Sh. 8.1 million, Katilu hospital in Turkana south will be receiving drugs worth Sh. 816,000, for Lokitaung sub district hospital in Turkana north we have drugs worth Sh. 571,000, Lopiding we have 566,000 and Kakuma mission hospital will benefit with drugs worth Sh. 1.4 million,” said the chief officer.
She also handed out official garments to the medical staff to ease identification of the hospital staff during ward rounds.
BY ROBERT KARIUKI
LODWAR, TURKANA CENTRAL
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