SIALKOT-Various administration officials and elected public representatives admitted prolonged non-provision of medicines to the indoor and outdoor patients at Daska Civil Hospital due to the shortage of funds.

DCO Dr Asif Tufail and EDO (Health) Javaid visited several wards of the Daska DHQ Level Hospital and inquired the patients about the provision of medicines. Most of the patients said that they were buying medicines from the bazaars.

Hospital management told the DCO that the annual budget of the medicines for Daska Civil Hospital was Rs20 million, which was not enough for the growing numbers of the indoor and outdoor patients here. Management claimed that there was a dire need of early increase in the budget.

On the occasion, he directed Medical Superintendent Abdul Ghafur Ghuman to prepare the lists of medicines for the allocation of budget. He advised the hospital management to ensure provision of all the medicines to the patients through local purchase.

The EDO said that the Sialkot district administration has released special funds of Rs16 million for the local purchase of medicines. The DCO advised the senior and junior doctors and paramedics to utilise their full energies to serve the ailing humanity without indiscrimination.

Earlier, 21 councilors of Daska Municipality had also demanded increase in the annual budget of medicine for Daska Civil Hospital following the growing number of the patients there. Shortage of medicines’ budget for Daska Civil Hospital has become a burning issue of the area. Local social, religious, charity, educational, trade, business and political circles have raised voice for early increase in this budget.

Likewise, 21 councillors of Daska Municipal Committee have urged Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif to increase the annual budget of medicines for the Daska DHQ Level Civil Hospital.

The councilors made the demand during an important meeting held at Daska. The meeting was told that the Daska Civil Hospital had been given the status of DHQ Level Hospital several years ago. It had 187 beds but the budget for the medicines had not yet been increased for the last several years following the growing number of the patients here. Though, this hospital had status of a DHQ Level Hospital but its budget for medicines was of a THQ Hospital.

The councillors expressed grave concern over this situation, saying that the less budget for medicines was the main hurdle behind the non-provision of medicines. The situation was also resulting in the shortage of medicines at the emergency department of Daska Civil Hospital.

The meeting was told that the Provincial Health Secretary Punjab had made a visit to Daska Civil Hospital’s orthopedic ward where the health secretary found that all the indoor patients purchased their medicines due to the non-provision of these medicines. The secretary had changed the incharge orthopedic with immediate effect, and appointed Dr Abdul Ghafur Ghuman as Medical Superintendent of Daska Civil Hospital.

When contacted, the EDO said that the annual budget of medicines for Daska Civil Hospital is Rs20 million. He said that there was a dire need of urgent increase in this budget. He said that he had visited the children ward of Daska Civil Hospital a few days ago, where he found three to four child on each bed due to the growing number of patients. He said that he had also recommended early establishment of another children ward at Daska Civil Hospital.

The DCO said that he has ensured the provision of all the medicines to the patients at Daska Civil Hospital. The DCO added that he has released special funds of Rs16 million for the purpose.