Shortage of essential drugs in govt hospitals; underprivileged worst affected

Shortage of essential drugs in govt hospitals; underprivileged worst affected

Shortage of essential drugs in govt hospitals; underprivileged worst affected

Written by Staff Writer

05 Apr, 2016 | 9:37 pm

On March 31, the Director General of Health Services addresses a letter to Chairman of the National Medicines Regulatory Authority.

However, the situation in the country is far more different that what is mentioned in the letter by these institutions. This is relating to essential drugs.

According to the letter from the Director General of Health Services, government hospitals and the Medical Supplies Division do not posses any stocks of eight essential drugs. What is even more serious is that there is no alternative drug, in the absence of the eight types of drugs.

Amongst these drugs, is a vaccine in the National Immunisation Programme. The letter states that the National Drug Regulatory Authority should be held accountable for the inconveniences caused owning to the lack of these drugs.

The reason for this situation to arise is that the Medical Supplies Division has not yet provided the suppliers with the relevant renewed registration certificates.

Owning to this situation, it is the patient with low incomes that has to pay the cost, or may be even face death, owning to the lack of treatments.

However, on the other end it is the private medical suppliers that are benefited from this process, as patients who arrive at government hospitals are prescribed with drugs and then are directed to private medical suppliers to obtain these drugs.

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