Patients are Dying as Urban Clinics faces Medical Drugs Shortages

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By Julie Badui Owa – EMTV News, Lae

 

A Senior nurse at Milfordhaven Clinic in Lae broke down in tears  the during  an interview today  when she was asked about the difficulties she faced amidst the nationwide medicine shortage.

Martha Marampau, a 30 year veteran, told EMTV’s, Julie Badui Owa that it  affected her very much when she  sends home patients without treatment.

The clinic is one of seven that don’t have antibiotics and painkillers.

We went to  Milfordheaven Clinic today where we  met Sr. Martha Marampau, the Coordinator for Family Health Services.

Sr. Marampau not only attends to women and children, she also treats patients with general illnesses.

But it has become difficult to do her  job.  She doesn’t have the medicines to treat her patients and this morning, during the interview, she cried.

In the dispensary, the shelves are empty.  The sister in charge of the dispensary says they’ve been without basic supplies since last year and they are still waiting for their supplies.

The Milfordhaven clinic is one of the seven urban clinics in Lae city. It was built 50-years ago and serves over 13 thousand people.

There are only three staff working here and attend to about 100 patients a day. Doctors visit this clinic twice a week.

Dr. Lincoln Menda who was at the clinic today says people are dying of preventable diseases due to the shortage of medical drugs.

Milfordheaven Clinic has also run out of Drugs to treat Sexually transmitted infections.  The lack of those drugs could lead to another crisis.

 

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