Shortage of drugs in govt hospitals troubles patients as fever cases mount up

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Kozhikode: Shortage of medicine has turned into a major issue in the government hospitals here when fever cases surge in the district. Paracetamol, Amoxicillin syrup, and cough syrups for children are unavailable in many hospitals. Scarcity is being experienced in the drugs for lifestyle diseases like cholesterol and diabetes also.

Though the patients are provoked when the doctors prescribe drugs from the medical shops outside, the hospital staff informed that they are helpless.

When the stocks of medicines were run out in the Govt Medical College here, the authorities solved the crisis by buying drugs from the funds of the hospital development committee. Certain local governing bodies in the district have supported the general hospitals in its limit for the purchase of medicines.

The health workers said that the patients from financially poor backgrounds have to search for hospitals where medicine stock is available. The hospital authorities had submitted the details of the medicines required for this year before March. However, the health workers alleged that the lapses on the part of Kerala Medical Services Corporation resulted in the shortage of drugs in government hospitals.

Only two government hospitals in the district had stocked the antirabies vaccine even after finding the cases of dog bites on the rise. Recently, 120 persons were administered antirabies vaccines on a single day at the Govt Medical College in Kozhikode.

Following the repeated requests of the authorities, a few stocks of medicines arrived in the taluk hospitals on Wednesday. However, it was insufficient, opined the hospital staff. The vaccines for tetanus had started to arrive at hospitals only two days ago but in meagre figures.

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