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Life-saving drugs go out of stock at SRNH

SHOCKING IT may sound, but the 800-bed Swaroop Rani Nehru (SRN) Hospital which is suppose to provide treatment to medico legal, accident and emergency cases coming as far as from Chitrakut and Mirzapur, is managing patients with only two injections.

india Updated: Apr 07, 2006 01:11 IST

SHOCKING IT may sound, but the 800-bed Swaroop Rani Nehru (SRN) Hospital which is suppose to provide treatment to medico legal, accident and emergency cases coming as far as from Chitrakut and Mirzapur, is managing patients with only two injections.

From the past over 15 days most of the medicines, life-saving drugs and injections have run out of stock at SRN- the biggest referral hospital of the region. The hospital is unable to provide even fluids to the burn victims.

The senior staff nurses informed that from the past three weeks the hospital is facing worst ever crisis of emergency drugs, fluids and antibiotics immediately required to save the life of serious patients. "Right now we have the stock of only gentamycin and aciloc (for easing abdominal disorder). There is no fluid in the hospital store. Even the antibiotics like ampicillin, taxim, fortvene and epsolin injections have become completely out of stock. As the stock of most of the sleep induce medicines has also finished the attendants of trauma patients and burn victims are asked to immediately arrange these medicines," said a senior staff nurse on condition of anonymity.

She said daily three to five burn patients are admitted to the hospital who need 18 to 20 fluids daily. "But now we are forced to ask their family members to arrange it from outside," she added. The attendants of patients Rambalak (admitted to bed 27 in surgical emergency), Manju (bed 16) and Anita (bed 2) in burn ward and Aman Kumar (bed 5) in male emergency, informed that they were asked to purchase most of the antibiotics and fluids from outside.

Dr PC Saxena principal MLN Medical College said the SRN Hospital's medicine budget has become separate from the college's budget. Roughly the hospital receives Rs 25 lakh annually for the purchase of medicines. The SRN Hospital's superintendent-in-charge would be in a better position to tell the exact reason for the medicine crisis, since he is also having the DDO powers.

"I would still look into the matter and try to arrange medicines as early as possible. The fresh tenders for the purchase of medicines were also made recently," he further added.

First Published: Apr 07, 2006 01:11 IST