Govt hospitals face acute shortage of medicines

KARACHI: The shortage of medicines have been continuing in all major government-run hospitals of Karachi as provincial health department has failed to purchase drugs for the public hospitals under centralized policy , PPI learned on Tuesday.

All major government hospitals of Karachi including Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK), Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), and Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) face acute shortage due to lethargy on the part of health department bureaucracy.

Reliable sources at Civil Hospital Karachi informed that there had been an acute shortage of even life-saving medicines at the hospital for the past two months, adding slow implementation on the medicine purchase policy has badly affected the health delivery system across Sindh province.

They said emergency department of hospital also facing shortage of medicine like tetanus injection, diclo injection, surgical, lab instruments and other medicines. The emergency patient’s attendants are left with no other option but to buy medicines from private medical stores.

In other hand, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), another major teaching hospital in Karachi, catering patients from all over Pakistan, has also been facing a severe medicine shortage for last one month.

An official of pharmacy department said delay in issuance of tender to purchase medicine on centralize basis is the major reason behind the shortage of drug in hospital. He said health department officials have no idea about patients’ problems and miseries caused due to shortage of medicine.

However,, all major Karachi Metropolitan Corporation run hospitals including Abbasi Shaheed Hospital have also been facing an acute shortage of medicines from last several months. However, the reason here is the financial crisis of KMC.

Special Secretary Public Health Sindh Dr Khalid Sheikh, when contacted, said medicines have already been purchased on centralized basis and list of purchased drug also uploaded on their website. He said the supply of medicines to government hospitals has begun in the province and crisis would be ended soon.

He said some companies approached court against each other which is the main reason behind the delay in purchase and supply of medicines to the public hospitals. He said to end the crisis of drug shortage in city government run hospitals is the responsibility of KMC as these hospitals do not come under Sindh health department.

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