Hepatitis patients suffer due to medicine shortage across Sindh

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Hepatitis patients suffer due to medicine shortage across Sindh

KARACHI: The hepatitis centres run by Hepatitis Prevention & Control Program (HPCP), Sindh, has been facing acute shortage of drugs since two months, putting lives of patients at risk in the province, sources at HPCP told PPI on Thursday.

The Hepatitis Prevention & Control Program, Sindh (Chief Minister Initiative) has been facing acute shortage drugs since two months due to delay in issuance of tender by authorities concerned of Sindh health department and poor supply system.

About 2500 to 3000 new hepatitis B & C patients are being registered across the Sindh province every month; they have been put on waiting by the doctors due to shortage of drugs. All new and old registered patients have been deprived of medicines since last couple of months.

The sources said new and old registered patients at Hepatitis Centres of Civil Hospital Karachi, Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, Sindh Government Qatar Hospital, Sindh Government Hospital Liaquatabad and others had been deprived of medicines, causing great hardship to the patients.

The registered patients throughout the province have been visiting the hepatitis centres on regular basis to get medicines but they were being asked by doctors to buy drugs from private medical stores as supply has not started yet from hepatitis program to the centers as per requirement.

The shortage of medicines in hepatitis centers has badly affected program performance as treatment of hepatitis patients is very costly and majority of patients could not afford it. The lives of patients suffering from different types of hepatitis diseases are at risk if the shortage of drugs continues in future at hepatitis centers.

Media Coordinator, Hepatitis Prevention & Control Program, Sindh, Khurram Khan, while talking to PPI, said supply of medicines would be resumed to hepatitis centres throughout the province in a week. He informed that delay in issuance of tender caused partial shortage of medicines in the province and situation would be improved in coming days.

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