Patients are suffering as Hamidia Hospital lacks needed medicine

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Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): Patients who come to the Outpatient Department (OPD) and those who are admitted to Hamidia Hospital do not even receive the necessary drugs as this medical facility lacks many essential drugs. Patients admitted to the public hospital have to buy drugs and even normal saline from the open market.

The hospital administration stuck two notices on the wall informing people of the names of drugs not available at their medical facility. The hospital administration had made arrangements to obtain normal saline solution from Sultania Hospital after its stock ran out on Wednesday.

Doctors say drug supply has been affected due to financial constraints. The hospital had demanded Rs 40 cr but in the budget only Rs 40 lakh was sanctioned.

This is not the first time that the stock of medicines has run out at Hamidia Hospital due to budget constraints. Every day around the hospital, the OPD sees an average of 2,200 patients passing through. Residents of Bhopal and neighboring districts visit the government-run medical facility for treatment. Usually, doctors prescribe four to seven drugs, however, only half of the prescribed drugs available in the hospital are given to patients, while patients are asked to buy the rest – which they mark with a red pen – on the Free market.

Due to the shortage of drugs, patients with skin conditions, those with chest, respiratory and psychiatric disorders are forced to purchase drugs from the market at higher prices.

Things are no different at JP Hospital as here too patients have complained about shortages of drugs, antibiotics and mouthwashes.

Medication should be available within 3-4 days’: Dr Ajay Jain, Deputy Superintendent of Hamidia Hospital, said all the drugs will be made available within three to four days. “There was a shortage of normal saline on Wednesday, but then we arranged it from Sultania Hospital. If necessary, we get medicine from the TB hospital. will be made available in a few days,” Jain said.

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Posted: Thursday, May 05, 2022, 11:18 PM IST

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