Staff crunch, lack of medicines hit this homeopathic dispensary hard

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Staff crunch, lack of medicines hit this homeopathic dispensary hard

Government homeopathic dispensary inside the Civil Hospital in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Manav Mander

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 18

The government homeopathic dispensary located inside the Civil Hospital was popular among patients before the pandemic but since its staff was put on Covid duties the footfall of the patients has decreased. Besides, space crunch is also taking a toll on the dispensary.

Not received medicines since 2019: Doc

“We have not received the stock of medicines since 2019. During the Covid, we got doses of immunity boosters which were distributed among people and these helped in increasing their immunity,” said doctor and in-charge of the dispensary Dr Gurdarshan Kaur.

At the Civil Hospital, there are two homeopathic dispensaries located opposite each other. One is under the state government while the other is run by the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).

Like the ayurvedic dispensary, Covid has taken a toll on this dispensary also. Since 2019, it has not received stock of medicines but only immunity boosters, which were given during the pandemic.

“We have not received the stock of medicines since 2019. During the Covid, we got doses of immunity boosters which were distributed among people and these helped in increasing their immunity,” said doctor and in-charge of the dispensary Dr Gurdarshan Kaur.

Since the focus of the government shifted during the pandemic, we were also assigned Covid-related duties.

“During the crucial Covid-19 days, many patients had to return without meeting us as we were on duties at other places. As a result, the number of patients visiting the dispensary has decreased. Before the pandemic, we used to get 50-60 patients at the OPD daily which has now reduced by half,” she said.

Other major issue that is being faced by the dispensary is shortage of space designated to it.

“We have a small space only and the cabin next to the place is lying shut.

District Homeopathic Officer Harinderpal Singh, who also sits next to the dispensary, said Covid had affected the working of the dispensary to a great extent.

“There are 28 homeopathic dispensaries in the district of which 11 are regular dispensaries while 17 are under the NRHM.

These dispensaries have a strength of 55 staff members and all of them were given Covid duties due to which the dispensaries remained shut during the crucial Covid period. At present, 20 persons are on Covid duty. Everything was going fine till the pandemic and it will still take time to return to normalcy,” he said.

During the visit to the homeopathic dispensary, it was lying closed. When inquired, we came to know that the dispensary opens irregularly as both medical officer and pharmacist have been doing Covid duties on a regular basis since the virus outbreak.

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