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Civil Hospital faces drug shortage


KARACHI: The shortage of medicine in Civil Hospital Karachi has put thousands of lives at stake.On the condition of anonymity, a source from the hospital said that there were acute shortage of medicines in hospital since last 15 days as the stock of medicines had almost ended in healthcare. They said there was dearth of antibiotic medicines in hospital.The source said that crisis - like situation had emerged in hospital as Sindh finance department had stopped funds to public healthcares across the Sindh province in recent past. As a result of which provision of medicines had stopped to patients from last 15-days. Sindh Finance Department had stopped the unutilised budget to government hospitals about a month ago and provision of medicines to visiting and admitted patients had been suspended over shortage of medicines especially antibiotic drugs in hospital.  Resultantly, the patients were being asked by doctors to buy medicines from private medical stores as these medicines were not available in the hospital pharmacy.An official pharmacy department said that CHK was facing a severe shortage of medicines, leaving no option for patients but to buy medicine from private medical stores. He said only few medicines were available in stock, while there were acute shortage of antibiotic medicines in healthcare. He hoped that the situation would be improved in the month of August with the release of fiscal year funds allocated for health sector by finance department.Many patients told that they were asked by doctors to buy antibiotic medicines from private medical stores as these medicines were not available in hospital.CHK Medical Superintendent Prof Muhammad Saeed Qureshi when contacted confirmed the shortage of medicines in hospital in month of July due to end of last year drug stock and because non-release of budget from finance department so far. He said issue of medicine shortage would be resolved soon with the release of annual budget for hospital.

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