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Shortage of medicines ails Civil Hospital, patients suffer

BATHINDA: Patients visiting the Bhai Mani Singh Civil Hospital are a harried lot as a majority of medicines such as antibiotic, antipyretic, Hepatitis C vaccine, etc have been out of stock for the past few months.

Shortage of medicines ails Civil Hospital, patients suffer

The Civil Hospital in Bathinda. file photo



Ravi Chandel

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, July 3

Patients visiting the Bhai Mani Singh Civil Hospital are a harried lot as a majority of medicines such as antibiotic, antipyretic, Hepatitis C vaccine, etc have been out of stock for the past few months.

Patients and their attendants allege that despite making several rounds of the drug store situated on the premises of the Civil Hospital they have not received anything except assurance.

Mangla Kumari, a migrant labourer, said, “My husband has been hospitalised here for the last one week, but I have purchased most medicines and even some fluids from a private medical shop. Now, the situation has reached such a stage that I am unable to buy medicines.”

Kuljit Singh (45), another local resident, said, “Owing to erratic weather conditions a number of people are suffering from viral fever and vector-borne diseases. But, poor patients are the worst hit due to lack of antibiotic and antipyretic medicines.”

If the Health Department does not have proper stock of medicines, they should tell the doctors working in the hospital to prescribe medicines that are available at their drug store, he added.

A hospital employee, who did not wish to be named, said, “For the last several months, the Civil Hospital have been sans Hepatitis C vaccine and antipyretic medicines, as a result of which patients are facing problems. Besides, patients undergoing surgery are also bearing the brunt.”

When contacted, Satish Goel, Senior Medical Officer, Civil Hospital, confirmed that they had been reeling under an acute shortage of medicines for the last several months.

He further said after repeated pleas to the authorities concerned they had got 20 boxes of Hepatitis C vaccine. He assured that they would get the new stock of medicines very soon.

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