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Crucial items missing from SRNH

Mysterious 'disappearance' of small but essential items from the Emergency Medical Officer's (EMO) room at Swaroop Rani Nehru Hospital has had the junior doctors in a tizzy. The junior doctors are worried over the fast disappearance of essential emergency items like drip-set, syringes, fluid and sometimes gauze and cotton from the EMO room due to which unnecessary delay takes place in starting the treatment of serious patients and accidents victims.
None | By Smriti Malaviya, Allahabad
PUBLISHED ON MAR 21, 2006 12:11 AM IST

Mysterious 'disappearance' of small but essential items from the Emergency Medical Officer's (EMO) room at Swaroop Rani Nehru Hospital has had the junior doctors in a tizzy.

The junior doctors are worried over the fast disappearance of essential emergency items like drip-set, syringes, fluid and sometimes gauze and cotton from the EMO room due to which unnecessary delay takes place in starting the treatment of serious patients and accidents victims. The needle of suspicion is, however, swinging towards some pharmacists who indent these items from the hospital's store and allegedly sell them to the chemist shops outside the hospital.  

The 'disappearing act' started recently when some junior doctors decided to closely monitor the medicine stock at the EMO room which also allegedly used to get sold in the market by some pharmacists.

Barely had the theft of medicines stopped the junior doctors noticed that now some small but essential emergency items like catheter, fluid, drip-set, syringes, tape, zylocane gelly, uro bag, tubes were fastly disappearing from the EMO room.

Most of the time the emergency injection like eptoin was also not available. As a result, they were facing a lot of inconvenience in starting the treatment of serious patients.

"In most cases the patients' attendants are asked to immediately arrange these things from the market. In case of accident victims we personally arrange these things.

What's more when we inquired about the availability of stock from central medicines store we were told that these things were regularly indented for the EMO room," said junior doctors association president Dr Phul Kumar.

"All these things indicate that some pharmacists are involved in the sale of these items. When we pulled up some pharmacists for this they secretly started asking the patients and their attendants to arrange all these things before the doctor arrives", he added.

"Now we have asked the pharmacists present at the EMO room to keep a record of every item supplied to the junior doctors. Then we will match the supply record with the indent record to identify the loopholes," he said.

Superintendent-in-Charge of SRN Hospital Dr NBL Srivastava said this is something very serious and we will inquire into the matter. There is enough stock at the hospital and in case these things are not made available to the patients, action will be taken against the staff responsible for this, he said.

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