Govt hospitals ailing without essential medication – medical officers observe

Govt hospitals ailing without essential medication – medical officers observe

Govt hospitals ailing without essential medication – medical officers observe

Written by Staff Writer

09 Dec, 2014 | 7:57 am

The Government Medical Officers Association points out that a problematic situation has arisen with treatments at government hospital due to the lack of Ephedrine. which is an essential medicine for emergency treatments.

Secretary of the GMOA Dr. jayantha Bandara said that this situation has arisen with the expiring of the stocks in November.

It was observed that:

All stocks of the Ephedrine medicine at government hospitals have finished. The available stocks have expired from 30th November. The necessary stocks have not been supplied so far. Therefore, due to lack of this medicine, which is essential in anesthesia and emergency treatment, the lives of patients are in danger. The shortage of medicine is severe in many government hospitals in the country, and the government’s inability to supply essential medicines is a serious situation.

When contacted , Director of the Medical Supplies Unit of the Health Ministry Dr Kamal Jayasinghe stated that measures are underway to purchase Ephedrine at a provincial level in order to overcome the situation that has arisen.

He added that measures will be taken to distribute the medicine in question to hospitals countrywide during the course of the day.

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