NICH faces acute shortage of drugs

KARACHI: National Institute of Child Health (NICH) is facing acute shortage of medicines since few weeks, while the provincial health department has miserably failed to ensure supply of drugs to Sindh’s largest children care hospital, sources at NICH told PPI on Wednesday.

They said medicines were not available at National Institute of Child Health since last few weeks which had increased the miseries of visiting and admitted patients. They said institution is considered one of the largest children hospitals of the province where 500 to 700 patients visit every day to get treatment and consultation of almost all types of pediatric diseases.

They said patients had been compelled to purchase medicines from private medical stores. They said shortage of medicine had badly affected the patients care in hospital and also doubled miseries of patients. They said that the stock of medicines had ended in the hospital and provincial authorities concerned could not arrange more medicines as yet which are affecting poor patients visiting the hospital.

The OPD patients have to stand in queues for hours to get medicines but they do not get all medicines prescribed by doctors due to shortage of in the store of this major hospital. The medicines like flagyl and other antibiotics drugs are not available in hospital.

Sources further said even gloves and syrings are not available in operation theaters in healthcare for patients with surgery requirements. The patients and their attendants have been compelled to purchase gloves and other items from medical stores. They said short supply of drugs from provincial health department to healthcare is major reason behind shortage of medicines.

Director, National Institute of Child Health, Prof Jamal Raza was not available for comment. It was pertinent to mention here that under new Centralized Drug Purchase Policy only provincial health department formed medicine procurement committee had authorized to purchase drugs for public sector hospitals.