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Trauma centre fire: Services restored,but attendants say all medicines not available

KGMU provides medicines at cheaper rates to the patients admitted there. The pharma stores outside don’t offer the same discount. Also, many times, there’s a difference in prices for the same medicine at different shops.

lucknow Updated: Jul 19, 2017 15:16 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan times, Lucknow
Trauma centre fire,King George’s Medical University,Pharma stores
Woman grieving over the death of her son at KGMU.(Deeraj Dhawan/HT Photo)

Services at the King George’s Medical University Trauma Centre are almost restored after the Saturday evening blaze. However, many people said they had to buy medicines from outside.

“Doctors prescribed medicines for my relative, but I could not find those at the centre. I had to go to the medical shops outside,” said Abu Bakar.

Almost all wards operational
  • Services at the ventilator unit (with six ventilators) on the ground floor of the Trauma Centre have been restored. ”Almost all wards are operational now -- even the operation theatres are functional,” said Prof Haider Abbas, in-charge Trauma Centre.Only the glass panes of some of the windows that were broken to let the smoke out during the fire incident are still to be replaced. This will be done by Wednesday afternoon. He added that admissions were being done even without the glass panes, as the air conditioning system was functional.

Another attendant said, “I was told that medicines will be available in two days, but for now, we have to get them from outside.”

KGMU provides medicines at cheaper rates to the patients admitted there. The pharma stores outside don’t offer the same discount. Also, many times, there’s a difference in prices for the same medicine at different shops.

However, KGMU officials said that the medicine supply had also been restored and if there was a probe, it could be reported to the public relations officer.

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“If the prescribed medicine can be arranged from some other medicine counter on the campus, the PRO will help,” said Prof Haider Abbas, in-charge, Trauma Centre. “This will also help in bringing to our notice the medicines that are not available, and the same will be provided at the earliest,” he added.

Meanwhile, some patients also alleged they were denied admissions on grounds that beds were full.

First Published: Jul 19, 2017 15:16 IST