Drug Use Guidelines for Primary Health Care Facilities. First Edition, October 1997
(1997; 105 pages)


Effective health care requires a judicious balance between preventive and curative health care services. A critical and often deficient element in curative services is not only the inadequate supply of appropriate medicines but also improper use of this scarce commodity.

The ministry of health has realized the extent of this problem , basing on the result of several studies that have been carries out to investigate the treatment practice and prescribing behaviour of the health workers in the health facilities. It is from this background that the drug use guidelines for PHC facilities have been developed to serve as a look towards improving prescribing and dispensing practice by health care workers and thereby promoting rational use of drugs.

The drug sheets are classifieds in alphabetical order in a format that elaborates either of the following: Presentation of a particular product; Therapeutic class; Indications; Dosages precautions; Side effects; Toxicology and information to the patient.

The information provided is however not exhaustive and in case more detailed and comprehensive information is needed, specialised literature should be sought for reference.

It should be noted that a letter after the presentation of each drug indicates the lowest health facility where the drug may be available. It can be available at all higher levels eg.: O = Village Health Post; A = Dispensary; B = Health Centre

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