Most-prescribed medicines at Civil Hospital not available in store.
Ludhiana – Most of the medicines prescribed by the doctors at Civil Hospital are not available at hospital’s drugstore. Though, patients are forced to buy the medicines from private medical stores which are more expensive. During a visit to Civil Hospital, most of the patients were standing in queue outside drug store, while contacted different patients, Rama Chandra claimed that my daughter is suffering from fever and throat infection. However doctor has prescribed three medicines under which two were available at drug store and one was not there.Meanwhile, employees at drug store told that this medicine is available outside drug store which cost them more and not bearable for economically weaker section people. Some of the patients claimed that most of the employees at drug store do not behave properly and always claimed to take the medicine from particular drug store which is illegal as most of the medicines are available with them but they do not give the people. Another patient standing outside drug store, Rajneesh said, “Two weeks earlier I came to the hospital as my daughter was not feeling well and prescribed medicines were not available though injected which were prescribed, have to be bought from outside stores. Moreover medicines are very costly from outside stores. A doctor on requesting anonymity at Civil Hospital said, “Drug store employees have tie up with outside drug store though employees mint money from this illegal way. However, free medicines are allegedly sale at outside stores but not given to poor patients. Poor patients have to suffer a lot as Civil Hospital is only hospital where poor patients is having reach if this is going on then higher authorities should look into the matter. Despite repeated attempts, civil surgeon Dr Hardeep Singh was not available for comments.
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