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Gulu hospital runs out of hydroxychloroquine after rise in COVID patients

Drugs in a hospital

Drugs in a hospital

Gulu regional referral hospital has run out of hydroxychloroquine, one of the medicines used to manage cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Uganda.

The anti-malaria drug has been widely administered to hospitalized patients suffering from COVID-19. Loum Bishop, the in-charge of COVID-19 case management at Gulu hospital said they are now short of the drug supplies after an increase in the number of patients admitted at the facility.

 
Loum says they now have hydroxychloroquine enough to treat just 20 patients. He wonders what would happen if the number of patients increases. 

Currently, there are 14 confirmed active cases of COVID-19 patients receiving treatment at Gulu hospital while over 50 suspected cases are under quarantine at the Gulu school of clinical officers.

Dr James Elima, the hospital director disclosed that out the 14 positive patients admitted at the facility, four have completed their requisite treatment. 

To date, Uganda’s 68 COVID-19 patients who have fully recovered from the contagion were treated using hydroxychloroquine drug. However, the efficacy of the medicine is still pending approval by the World Health Organization (WHO).  

 
Whereas globally, the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine in treating COVID-19 patients is under contention, Uganda's ministry of Health says it has had registered good results using hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine in managing the patients

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0 #1 Lysol 2020-05-25 18:53
Uganda should go slow on the rampant use of the the drug (hydroquinone).

Many healthcare professionals have contradicted its use and side effects for treating COVID-19

Right now there is no real cure for the virus. I would not prescribe it for my patients. It's a gamble.
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0 #2 Lysol 2020-05-25 18:53
Uganda should go slow on the rampant use of the the drug (hydroquinone).

Many healthcare professionals have contradicted its use and side effects for treating COVID-19 Right now there is no real cure for the virus. I would not prescribe it for my patients. It's a gamble.
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-1 #3 Wainanchi 2020-05-26 02:58
@lysol.S hut the f..ck up! You bastard are denying excellent results achieved all over the world.Bastard.
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