DRUG SHORT­AGE AT TIBBI HOS­PI­TAL CHARMI­NAR

Deccan Chronicle - - CITY - DC COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Pa­tients at the Gov­ern­ment Niza­mia Tibbi Hos­pi­tal Charmi­nar are forced to buy medicines from out­side due to short­age of medicines in the hos­pi­tal. About 600 pa­tients visit the units in the hos­pi­tal from var­i­ous dis­tricts. The 180bed­ded hos­pi­tal was set up in 1938 by Mir Os­man Ali Khan, sev­enth Nizam of Hy­der­abad.

Medicines to the hos­pi­tal are sup­plied by Gov­ern­ment In­dian Medicine Phar­macy at Katedan after man­u­fac­tur­ing there. “There is no sep­a­rate bud­get for medicines. The phar­macy gets a fixed bud­get and the quota of medicine for the hos­pi­tal is also fixed,” said Dr Parveen, su­per­in­ten­dent of the hos­pi­tal. She added that the man­age­ment has asked the doc­tors not to pre­scribe any medicines from out­side.

The phar­macy also sup­plies medicines to 122 dis­pen­saries and two hos­pi­tals at Hanu­makonda and Nizam­abad.

Mr Anees Ahmed, a re­tired gov­ern­ment em­ployee and a res­i­dent of Sha­hal­ibanda who vis­its the hos­pi­tal for treat­ment, said, “The doc­tors ask us to buy a few medicines from out­side as they are not avail­able there.” A se­nior doc­tor at the hos­pi­tal said that there is a huge mis­match be­tween the de­mand and the sup­ply.

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