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Uganda: New pharmacy for Kitgum Government Hospital

28-09-2006 News Release 06/59

The ICRC has just finished building a new pharmacy and storeroom for the 185-bed Kitgum Government Hospital in conjunction with the Ministry of Health.

The construction work, which cost 25,000 US dollars, lasted three months and was funded by the ICRC. After today's inauguration, hospital staff will be trained in pharmacy and stock management to improve the delivery of health services in this medical facility.

" The former pharmacy was inadequate for storing drugs and dispensing them to patients, " said ICRC doctor Luca Falqui. " Now it will be easier to store them properly, keep an inventory and rationalize consumption. "

Kitgum Government Hospital and St. Joseph Missionary Hospital are the only two referral hospitals for the 300,000 inhabitants of Kitgum district, 80 per cent of whom live in camps for the internally displaced.

The ICRC will continue to provide support for seven hospitals in Pader, Gulu and Kitgum districts. It is currently assisting a total of 700,000 displaced persons in 65 camps in the conflict-affected districts of northern Uganda.

For further information, please contact:
  Graziella Leite Piccolo, ICRC Kampala, tel: + 256 772 221 994 or + 256 41 341 605/6
  Marco Yuri Jiménez Rodríguez, ICRC Geneva, tel: + 41 79 217 3217