Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng recently launched the revised and updated edition of Uganda Clinical Guidelines and the Essential Medicines Supply List for management of common diseases and conditions in Uganda. The guidelines profiles all common conditions while providing most cost-effective and affordable treatment, while the Essential Medicines Supply List provides the drugs used to treat common conditions.
During the launch, Hon. Aceng underscored Government’s efforts and support to ensuring high standards of quality and cost efficiency in health service delivery. “The regular update of treatment and dispensing guidelines and essential medicines lists is one of the key interventions in the Government of Uganda’s Health Sector Development Plan 2015-2020, aimed at promoting the appropriate use of health products and technologies” she said.
However, Hon. Aceng cautioned health practitioners against prescribing drugs for patients that are not available or not part of the practical guidelines. “We should stop pushing patients to buy medicines from private pharmacies” she urged. “These guidelines are based on principles of scientific evidence, cost effectiveness and prioritize conditions to maximize the health benefit with limited resources” she said.
The Director of Clinical Services, Dr. Charles Olaro noted that the guidelines are designed as a practical and reference tool to support daily clinical practice and appropriate management of Uganda’s common health conditions. In the same vein, he said, that the Essential Medicines Supply list provides a foundation for efficient supply chain management, planning and procurement of supplies by health facilities and procurement agencies. “This, in turn ensures access to and availability of medicines and diagnostic supplies, and guarantees the overall quality of care received by the patients” Dr. Olaro said.
The Principal Technical Adviser, Management Sciences for Health, Dr. Monica Imi said that the Uganda Clinical Guidelines have been updated to include management of emerging diseases like hemorrhagic fevers, including Ebola and Marburg, how to manage emergencies and trauma, nodding syndrome and Non-Communicable Diseases like Cancer, Diabetes and Stroke.
Sources: Ministry of Health