Maha: Shortage of medicines in government-run hospitals, states survey

A recent survey done by Jan Aarogya Abhiyan, pointed out shortage of medicines in government hospitals. The survey was carried out in 11 Primary Health Services (PHC’s) and two rural health services (RHS) in Pune, Nandurbar and Beed districts

A survey points out unavailability of medicines in government hospitals

  • It revealed around 33 per cent of medicines were unavailable under these facilities.
  • It further pointed out that 28 per cent of medicines were about to go out of supply
  • 22 per cent of the medicines were available would not have been sufficient in the long-run.
  • Only around 15 per cent of the medicines had sufficient supply.

Dr Abhijeet More, conveynor of Jan Aarogya Abhiyan, said, “We have submitted the survey to the government. We have demanded that an independent corporation should be set up to deal with procurement of medicines. In states like Tamil Nadu, a similar model has been implemented where there is an independent corporation to deal with procurement. Tendering process in Maharashtra is very slow.”

“This affects a lot for those who are solely dependent on government hospitals. This also then leads to a rise in out of pocket expenditure,” he added.

Dr Sanjeev Kamble, State Health Director, Maharashtra said, “We have made the finances available. The unavailability might have been because of tender process which is still on-going. All the supplies will be made available soon and the situation is expected to improve by next week.”