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90 of 159 essential medicines not available at Jalandhar civil hospital

punjab Updated: May 27, 2014 21:01 IST
Jatinder Kohlli
Shaheed Babu Labh Singh Civil Hospital

Patients visiting the Shaheed Babu Labh Singh Civil Hospital are at their receiving end these days as nearly 90 essential medicines given free of cost by the government are not available at the health facility.

The stock of remaining medicines is also going to exhaust anytime soon. This will compound the patients' problem if the fresh medicines do not reach the hospital in the coming days.

As per the norms, 159 medicines and 27 medical items, including syringes, bandages, cotton, medical tape, urine drainage bags, IV cannulas and blood transfusion sets, are given free of cost.

While on the one hand, posters to publicise the same have been put up at various places in the 400-bedded hospital, on the other, people are forced to buy medicines outside from private chemist shops.

The government had launched this scheme in all government health institutions last year, but the authorities concerned have repeatedly failed in providing essential drugs to patients, particularly the needy patients.

A doctor, on request of anonymity, said the medicines were not available at the hospital, thus forcing the patients to purchase the same at higher rates from outside.

"At this time, when heat and frequent change in the weather viral diseases have started affecting a large number of people, it is necessary to provide medicines round-the-clock," the doctor added.

He said as per the government orders, it was mandatory for doctors to prescribe medicines available inside the hospital. The government must avail the medicines so they could prescribe them, he added.

He said the hospital daily received around 1,000-1,200 out-patient department (OPD) patients who ought to be provided free essential medicines. The hospital authorities claimed that it was for the first time that the supply of medicines had fallen short.

Several patients visiting the hospital said they were not getting any free medicines.

An attendant said the government should ensure that every patient availed free medicines.

Moreover, the zonal-level warehouse established by the government from where medicines are supplied to hospitals has also failed to serve any purpose.

Medical superintendent Dr Jagjit Singh Cheema said, "There is a shortage of medicines at the hospital. All medicines will be available here in a few days as a team will be sent to Amritsar to get medicine stock," he said.

What norms say

159 medicines and 27 medical items, including syringes, bandages, cotton, medical tape, urine drainage bags, IV cannulas and blood transfusion sets, are given free of cost to patients at government hospitals
As per government orders, it is mandatory for doctors to prescribe medicines available inside the hospital

The situation

The civil hospital daily receives around 1,000-1,200 out-patient department (OPD) patients who ought to be provided free essential medicines.The hospital authorities claim that it is for the first time that the supply of medicines has fallen short

QUOTE

"There is shortage of medicines at the hospital. All medicines will be available here in a few days as a team will be sent to Amritsar to get medicine stock."
—Dr Jagjit Singh Cheema, medical supdt (civil hospital)