No ARVs and other drugs in Nsama District, Northern province

The newly created Nsama district in Northern Province has run out of essential drugs in its clinics and Rural Health Centers.

A survey conducted by ZANIS in the area revealed that the last consignment in the clinics was received on 7th May, 2014, and only lasted for a week.

This has led to a shortage of medicine in Nsama which has prolonged for almost a month now.

Health officials in Nsama, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said all the clinics in the district had run out of essential drugs which included ARVs and Anti-malaria tablets.

Members of the community have appealed to the ministry of Health to send medicine to Nsama.

Monica Kapembwa said pregnant women are the most affected due to the high prevalence of malaria in the area.

But when contacted for comment, Nsama district commissioner Panji Chilingala assured that his office would follow up the matter with medical stores to ensure that the essential drugs are supplied to the affected areas.

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