Non Availability of Medicine(s)

Non Availability of Medicine(s)
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Non availability of medicines especially at the SMHS has not only irked patients and their caretakers but also put them in severe distress. The problem is twofold: one is financial and the other is logistical. Some medicines, subsidized by the hospital authorities are disbursed free of cost to patients. This relieves the financial burden on and for the underprivileged sections of society. And, the non availability of these drugs, conversely adds to the financial burden , leaving many patients and their families in acute and severe financial distress and , at times, even in debt. Logistically, when some medicines are not available, patients’ caretakers have to run around, wasting their time, especially at critical moments. The problem then is acute and severe. What then is the solution? One stares us in the face: make all kinds and sorts of drugs available at hospitals so that patients do not suffer. The other can be in the nature of a voucher system. The reference here is to disburse vouchers to patients for medicines that are not available at public hospitals which can serve as a kind of money that patents’ caretakers can give to pharmacies. The chemists can then redeem these at the administration desks of these hospitals. Medicines, and life saving drugs can be life savers and lack of these , at critical times, can lead to death, paralysis and other related and allied issues. It is then only a legal duty for public hospitals to keep available medicines and life saving drugs, twenty four into seven, but also a moral and an ethical obligation. Solutions to deal with shortages are available and there can be more than the ones delineated here. The issue and question is of will. Moreover, in terms of the hospital in contention here, administrative energies can be devoted to fact finding whose thrust should be to find the causes of the shortages. Perhaps, these accrue from administrative lapses, poor and/or shoddy supply chains , or even prosaically, corruption or a lackadaisical approach and attitude. The results of this fact finding can then be employed to tighten up the already extant structures and streamline these, all for the benefit of patients and according relief to them. Life, in general, and lives overall are too precious to be sacrificed at the altar of inefficiency, negligence or incompetence. Let the review begin now and let patients be relieved of agony!