PUANG Sub Health Centre (PSHC) in Nuku, West Sepik, has been closed for about three weeks because it has run out of medicines.
PSHC chairman and a local from Puang, Zackery Muki, said patients were sent back home and told to help themselves.
“Right now the catchment which this health facility is looking after has about 15,000 people in zone four of the Yangkok local level government in Nuku, they find no option but to stay home and help themselves with what they can,” Muki said.
He said medical drugs, including amoxicillin, paracetamol, Mala wan tablets, Artermether injection, Albendazole tablets, cotrimoxazole, Chloramphenicol capsules and consumable drugs are not in stock.
He said nurses and community health workers there could not do much and only advise people to go back, steam bath and take extra care of themselves.
“We don’t know the reason as to why the health centre has no medical drugs and when the medicines will arrive,” he said.
He said from his observation, more lives could be lost if the delay continues for another week or two. The situation is the first for them to experience at the centre where the sick people were turned away.
TheNational / PNG Health Watch
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