MALAITA Province is experiencing drug shortage in rural clinics and work is underway to rectify this problem.
Malaita Provincial Health director Dr Rex Maukera revealed this in response to complaints raise by some villagers in Auki, Malaita Province who are affected by drug shortage in their village clinics.
Dr Maukera said the province’s hospital pharmacy is working to identify and restore the drug supply.
The malaria drug is among those that are in short supply in Malaita Province’s rural clinics.
Dr Maukera said clinics will expect to experience shortage of malaria drug since the supply depends on procurement processes and the Medical Store in Honiara.
He assured the Malaita public that they will ensure these important drugs are available and delivered to rural health centres and clinics soon.
He said teams from the Vector Borne Disease Control are currently distributing bed nets to communities as part of protecting people from malaria infection.
Therefore, the director encourage people to sleep under bed nets at night.
“People should not abuse the use of bed nets. With the increase of malaria in the province it is important for everyone to make right use of bed nets,” Dr Maukera said.
By SOLOMON LOFANA
Auki News Bureau