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Shortage of Drugs at Sindh Hepatitis Centres Putting lives at Risk

KARACHI- A large number of patients have been suffering due to the unavailability of drugs in Sindh’s hepatitis centres, run by the Hepatitis Prevention and Control Program.

Sources revealed that more than 8,000 newly registered hepatitis C cases throughout the province of Sindh, had been put on waiting by the doctors due to shortage of medicines.

Similarly, the registered patients of the hepatitis centres at Civil Hospital Karachi, Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, Sindh Government Qatar Hospital, Sindh Government Hospital Liaquatabad and other government hospitals have been deprived of their medicines, since over two months.

The registered patients in Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas, Sukkur and other districts of Sindh province have been visiting these hepatitis centres on a regular basis to get their medicines, but they have been continuously told to buy drugs from private medical stores, as the expected supply of medicines from the HPCP has not arrived as yet.  

This situation has been badly affecting the program’s performance, as these patients cannot afford getting treatment from private health facilities.

Around 40 to 50 new Hepatitis C patients have been registered at the Hepatitis Centre of Dr Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital Karachi, but they have also been put on hold due to shortage of necessary medicines.   

Media Coordinator, Hepatitis Prevention and Control Program, Sindh, Mr Khurram Khan was not available to comment on this grave issue.

 

November 29, 2018

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