Govt hospitals face medicine shortage

Larkana: The shortage of medicines in the Sindh Government hospitals in the entire province has become very serious due to which poor populace is suffering badly as they have to procure the costly drugs from the market rendering these hospitals useless for them.

Over 60% medicines are being purchased by the indoor patients of the 1352-bed capacity Chandka Medical College Hospital and no drugs are supplied to the OPD patients at all.

After formation of Central Procurement Committee (CPC) by the Health Department with the approval of Sindh Chief Minister which was managed by former Health Secretary Iqbal Durrani, unprecedented shortage of drugs/medicines has occurred. The committee has so far failed to accomplish the requirement of the hospital’s drugs since the approval of annual budget for 2014-15.

Even disposable syringes, cotton, bandages, gloves, chemicals & kits for pathological labs, x-ray films, iv canola, crap bandage etc. are in acute shortage poor patients complained.

The Hospital’s main central store is almost empty, a visit by this Scribe proved. Worst affected are the emergency patients of road accidents and gunshot who are always shifted without attendants hence they lose their lives for no fault of theirs as there is none to purchase medicines for their treatment.

General Secretary, Pakistan Medical Association, Larkana Chapter, Dr. Ikram Tunio, has demanded while talking to PPI that it must be probed thoroughly as to why the CPC was formed adding that if it was formed then why the supply has been delayed for seven months which has overburdened the poor patients in this poverty era.

Dr. Tunio further said that former Health Secretary who managed the CPC should not had been transferred till the procurement of drugs & allied items through CPC is completed and deliveries are made at the users end. He said that tax-payers’ money has been wasted due to massive mismanagement in Health Department for which it should be revamped from top to bottom.

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