Telangana: Government Hospitals Face Acute Medicine Shortage
The crisis is so acute that patients are being asked by doctors to bring dressing bandages or surgical suture apart from medicines.
A series of measures initiated by the Telangana Health Department to regulate and track supply and storage of essential medicines has resulted in an acute shortage of life-saving medicines and injections at government hospitals.
The shortage at some of the biggest hospitals in Hyderabad, like Osmania General Hospital, Nilofer Children’s Hospital, Gandhi Hospital and Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Hospital at Warangal, is so acute that patients are being asked by doctors to bring dressing bandages or surgical suture apart from medicines.
The medicines are supposed to be provided free at government hospitals. However, a scrutiny of books at Osmania General Hospital and Gandhi Hospital showed that out of every 10 medicines requested by doctors, eight were not available or not supplied by the government. The shortage was even worse at rural primary health centres and community health centres.Telangana Health Minister Etela Rajender said the shortage was temporary. “We are in the midst of working out a new system of supplying and stocking medicines at government hospitals,” he told The Indian Express.