West Taraka Clinic in Lae still waiting for Medical Supplies

By Maryboio Nigani , EMTV Journalist Cadet – Student

 

West Taraka Clinic in Lae is still waiting for its medical supplies after placing an order in August and September respectively.

Speaking to EMTV, the staff spoke openly about the drug shortages and the number of patients referred to pharmacies with prescriptions.

West Taraka is one of seven urban clinics in Lae and has run out of basic drugs like painkillers and antibiotics.

Shelves of West Taraka Clinic where drugs are kept
Nursing officer at West Taraka Clinic attending to patients

Nurse Deffie Mafinge  says she is unable to treat patients who come with chest infections and malaria.

“The current supply we have is for asthma and typhoid, but for malaria or headache, we don’t. No Panadol.  No amoxicillin. No medication for the sickness that people often get.

We are also in the month of helping mothers and children for the polio vaccination so it’s hard.” said Ms. Mafinge

“We ordered our supplies two months ago but we didn’t receive any medical supplies till today,”

EMTV also understands that six other clinics in Lae have also run out of drugs.

Meanwhile, the shipment of drug supplies have arrived in Lae but the clinic is yet to get its supplies.

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