KARACHI: The supply of life-saving drugs to Medical and Health Services Department of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) run health facilities have been started and stock is enough for three months.
Talking to PPI, Senior Director Medical and Health Services Department, KMC, Dr Birbal Genani, said drug supply to KMC run 13 major hospitals have been resumed and medicines were already dispatched to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH). He said heads of hospitals have been directed to send their officials with medicines indent in order to start supply of drugs other hospitals.
He said Health Department of KMC had received a grant of Rs394 million from the Sindh government in April 2018 for the purchase of medicines, provision of diagnostic facilities , improvement of infrastructure and other supplies for its 13 major hospitals in the city. He said 177 million had been utilized for purchase of medicines and provision diagnostic facilities.
Dr Birbal Genani said supply of drugs and other diagnostic equipments to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, Karachi Institute of Heart Diseases, Sarfraz Rafiqui Shaheed Hospital, Sobhraj Maternity Hospital and other hospitals have started to improve patient care in health facilities. He said grant would help us in making labs functional at various hospitals while it would also help in provision of quality medicines to visiting and admit patients.
He said KMC’s Health Department has also requested more grant from Sindh government to run affairs of KMC hospital smoothly in future and hoped grant will be approved soon. He said current stock of medicines will be sufficient for three months.
The shortage of funds with the country’s largest municipality had badly affected its health delivery system. The number of patients to the KMC’s hospitals, including the tertiary facility of Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, Karachi Institute of Heart Diseases and others had declined in last five years due to unavailability of drugs and diagnostic facilities.
Similarly, private laboratories and radiological centres are thriving in the vicinity of the KMC hospitals as patients are advised to consult these labs and centre for all major and minor medical examinations due to the closure of the labs at these hospitals.