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Shortage of medicines hits Civil Hospital

LUDHIANA: Although the government had promised to give free medicines to all patients visiting the Civil Hospital, the claims apparently remain only on paper because most of the patients at the Civil Hospital have to return without the medicines as the drug store at the hospital is out of stock.

Shortage of medicines hits Civil Hospital

Most of the patients have to return without medicines as the drug store at the Civil Hospital is out of stock. File photo



Manav Mander

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 18

Although the government had promised to give free medicines to all patients visiting the Civil Hospital, the claims apparently remain only on paper because most of the patients at the Civil Hospital have to return without the medicines as the drug store at the hospital is out of stock.

Under the Janani Suraksha Yojana, the government aims to increase the rate of institutional deliverers, but even the basic medicines such as calcium and folic acid which are given to every expectant mother are out of stock at the hospital. Meanwhile, the injection oxytocin, at least 1,000 of which are needed every week at the hospital, are also less in number at the drug store.

The drug store has been sending its requirement list regularly to the Punjab Health Systems Corporation (PHSC), but only a few medicines are approved by the PHSC and the quantity approved is far less than the required. The drug store has only 33 per cent stock of the required medicines.

Sources said the demand was high, but quantity of medicines being received by the hospital is very less. Sources say the drug store received some medicines yesterday, but a lot of them are yet to be received. Basic medicines such as calcium and folic acid have not been received at the drug store.

Sources said the hospital had sent its requirement for 10,000 calcium tablets to the corporation, but none was received. Injection Amoxiclav, which is used to treat a wide range of infections caused by bacteria, is also unavailable at the drug store. In addition to this, injection oxytocin, which is administered to the expectant mothers before delivery, are also scanty. The hospital requires nearly 1,000 injections per week, but the hospital received only 500 injection for 15 days yesterday.

Geeta Kumari, an expectant mother, said the medicines prescribed by the doctor were usually unavailable at the drug store. “Buying the medicines from outside the hospital costs me around Rs 1,000 which is high amount for me. The hospital should have sufficient stock of the medicines,” she said.

Gurinder, kin of a patient at the hospital, said his uncle was suffering from a viral infection and the doctor prescribed some injections. “When I went to the drug store, neither the injection prescribed nor the medicines were available. I had to go to the medicine store located in a market nearby to buy the same,” she said.

Another patient Waheeda Bano says her doctor has been prescribing her calcium and folic acid, but these remain unavailable at the drug store. “What is the need of propagating that free medicines are available to the patients at government hospitals when the government cannot fulfil its commitment,” she said.

Civil Surgeon HS Ghai said there was a problem in the supply of medicines throughout the state. “When urgent need arises, the Senior Medical Officer (SMO) can purchase medicines on his own and get the re-imbursement later,” he added.

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