Pharmacies in govt hospitals lack drugs

Kathmandu, August 26

Most of the pharmacies in government hospitals of Kathmandu Valley lack essential medicines.

Raj Kumar, a patient at Bir Hospital, went to buy medicine at the hospital’s pharmacy but he didn’t get the one prescribed by the doctor.

Similarly, Pranita Shrestha, who is undergoing treatment at Bir hospital, also complained of lack of medicine at the pharmacy. She said, “I had to buy nasal drops from the pharmacy outside the hospital paying higher price.”

Last year, all government hospitals had been directed to set up their own pharmacies, but they lack essential medicines.

Baijnath Shahi from Sarlahi, whose son is undergoing treatment at TU Teaching Hospital, complained that doctors prescribe medicines of companies which are not available at the pharmacy run by the hospital.

One of the pharmacists at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital informed that doctors compel the patients to use the medicines which they prescribe.

Dr Dipak Mahara, director of TUTH, said due to long tender process, required medicines couldn’t be provided on time. He said,