THE Auki Clinic in the Malaita Provincial capital has run out of essential medical drugs for some time now, raising grave concerns amongst the public.
Patients who turned up for medical treatment at the clinic this week were only checked by the medical staff, who then advised them to get their prescribed medical drugs from the private pharmacies or the Kilu’ufi Hospital or elsewhere they can.
Many of the patients expressed frustration about the drug shortage as they cannot afford to buy their prescribed drugs, except to go to Kilu’ufi Hospital which may also run out of drugs soon.
Head of Auki Clinic, Sam Ottoga, confirmed to Solomon Star that the clinic is yet to get its new medical drug supplies.
Mr Ottoga said currently all drugs have run out, adding that they can only check patients to write up prescriptions for them to get medication from Kilu’ufi Hospital or the private pharmacies.
The only available medication at Auki clinic since Wednesday this week was penicillin and Panadol for children.
In the meantime, the Auki public is calling on the responsible authority to step up and urgently address this medical drug shortage before it claims lives.
Reports reaching Solomon Star Auki claimed that the Auki Clinic is not the only clinic in Malaita that is affected by medical drug shortage.
By WILSON SAENI in Auki