Yesterday a boy from Dengondo in the Selepet LLG of Kabwum District died in the village.
A staff at the Kabwum Health Centre confirmed his death.
Around 1:30pm today, a man from Gilang village in the Selepet LLG of Kabwum District was put on a stretcher and carried to the road. Later, he was brought to the Kabwum Health Centre on an open back Toyota Land Cruiser.
This evening, the guy passed away.
Kabwum District Health Centre has run short of medical supplies.
There are no antibiotics, pain killers, gloves and other common drugs to attend to patients and pregnant mothers.
This morning I walked into the dispensary at Kabwum Health Centre. I was very emotional because the shelves are all empty and patients were being sent away because of there were no medical supplies.
The staff are crying in their hearts. They don’t know how they will attend to the patients.
This morning staff advised the sick that “there is no medicine.” The patients were sent back to their villages.
I spoke to one of the patients and he told me that many are using traditional remedies because there is no medicine at the Kabwum Health Centre. The aid posts in the district don’t have workers.
Medicine shortage and absence of Health workers is a great concern in the district.
Lives are being lost every day.
*Maisen Hungito is the Senior Technician & Cameraman at EMTV’s Lae Bureau. This is his personal account of the medicine shortage he was sent to investigate in his home district of Kabwum in the Morobe Province.