Delay in drug inspection affects hospital performance

KARACHI: Complicated medicines inspection procedure in the public sector hospitals in Sindh province, is causing grave inconvenience to patients and administrations of these hospitals.

An official of Sindh Institute of Skin Disease (SISD) told PPI here Monday that the health department government had re-introduce the centralized system of drug procurement for the public sector hospitals of province about two year ago due to massive corruption and irregularities in drug procurement in Sindh; however, the complicated drug inspection process has caused inconvenience for hospital managements and patients who need these medicines.

According to procedure the provincial health department is responsible for supplying medicines to public sector hospitals, but a condition of the Provincial Procurement Committee that the drug-stock must be inspected by the respective District Health Officer and the Deputy Commissioner before issuing these medicines to patients has complicated the procedure.

The hospital administrations have to wait a month or even more for completion of this inspection procedure due to busy schedule of these officials.

Meanwhile, an administrative official of Sindh Government Children Hospital North, Karachi, told PPI that lengthy procedure of drug inspection in the hospitals has badly affected the patient care. He said hospital administration is unable to provide medicines to the visiting OPD patients despite the availability of stock till its inspection is completed by District Health Officer and Deputy Commissioner.

The busy schedule of District Health Officer and Deputy Commissioner results in delay in drug inspection which badly affects the performance of healthcare centers. He said sometimes heads of the public sector hospitals have to wait for a month or two to get time from DHOs and DCs for drug inspection.

Secretary Health Sindh Dr Saeed Ahmed Mangnejo was not available for comments.