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City's peripheral hospitals lack emergency medical stock

Monday, July 17, 2017
By Steffy Thevar

The city's peripheral hospitals maintained by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) lack stock of emergency medicines and officials which is creating a rift between hospital staff and patients. One such incident has come to light in one of Chunnabhatti's maternity hospital. This lack of facilities is burdening the already burdened main hospitals.

These peripheral hospitals are set up to reduce the burden on the main hospitals. As most of the main hospitals are located in the city, the entire suburban crowd is diverted to these main hospitals. This adds to the load on main hospitals as the suburban peripheral hospitals lack facilities to treat patients.

Mumbai's health has been badly affected due to the increasing number of swine flu, dengue, malaria and leptospirosis patients. In addition to this, the city hospitals also lack scheduled emergency medicines. These medicines are those that are used during emergencies like accidents. Due to lack of medicines, the life of patients is always under threat. This situation is also causing  tension between the patients and the hospital staff.

This information was brought to light by councillor Dr Saeeda Khan, who is also a Health Committee Member. While talking to The Afternoon D&C on Saturday, Dr Khan said, "Since the past two months, the patients at the maternity centre in Chunnabhatti have been struggling to get emergency medicines and patients have been complaining about the shortage of medicines." She also added that patients have been asked to buy medicines from outside.

Dr Khan also stated that when she inquired regarding the same, the hospital official said, "I was shocked when the officer at the hospital informed me that there is a shortage of scheduled medicines and the concerned officer, Dr Gomare, who is responsible for purchasing medicines, is out on leave and so there is a lack of medicines."

She also said that the peripheral hospitals and maternity centres do not have medicines to be given post partum, which is endangering the lives of patients. Dr Khan also questioned the efficiency of the medical officers. She said that the officers have no idea about prevention of diseases and act only after the situation has gotten out of control.

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