Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital quizzed over failure to dispose off expired drugs.
Members of parliament sitting on the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) have quizzed officials from Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital over failure to dispose off expired drugs something auditors say puts the health of patients at risk.
The Mbarara Hospital team led by the Director Celestine Barigye, had been summoned to respond to queries raised in the 30th June 2018 Audit report by the Auditor General that highlighted a number of issues troubling the facility meant to treat most of the patients from Western Uganda.
The Auditor General report for the financial year 2017/18 highlighted that whereas Part 9 of the Management of medicines and Health Supplies Manual 2012, requires that expired items should be properly recorded, placed in the designated area and destroyed in accordance with the local regulations this was not the case when an impromptu inspection was conducted.
An audit inspection of the hospital drug store revealed that some drugs had expired with the Auditors arguing that expired drugs may result into high destruction costs and there is a risk of them getting distributed back to the market.
However, the hospital management explained that management had embarked on the strengthening the hospital medicines and the therapeutic committee which could oversee proper quantification of needs, check on slow-moving items and see how to redistribute them to other health facilities that may be in need.
However, when Committee Vice-Chairperson, Okin Ojara asked the officials to provide evidence to that effect, the officials claimed to have left most of the documentation in Mbarara, prompting the MPs to warn the officials from taking Parliament for granted.