Poor medicine supply plagues patients

SURKHET: Unsystematic distribution of medicines in the diarrhoea hit VDCs of Jajarkot has aggravated the patients’ plight. Even as national and international organisations have chipped in with medical support, patients have not been able to benefit.

Regional health directorate Surkhet stated that the situation might create the possibility of misuse of medicines. “Apart from the Nepali Army and governmental agencies, other organisations have also been sending humanitarian aid to the diarrhoea hit areas,” acting regional health director Khemraj Upadhyaya said.

According to the data of the directorate, 64 quintals of medicines and 90 health workers from the health ministry had been dispatched in the diarrhoea hit areas in Jajarkot and Rukum.

Meanwhile, the Nepali Army has sent 20 quintals of medicines and mobilised 44 health workers in the area. “However, other organisations have been sending medicines without consulting the concerned health offices,” acting director Upadhyaya said.

Apart from the governmental authorities, Rajib Shahi, a resident of Jajarkot, has sent 10 quintals of medicines. Similarly, medicines worth lakhs of rupees have been sent by the DFID, HELVETAS, and the 6th division of the PLA. A health team has also been dispatched by the INF.

Meanwhile, the directorate has appealed to all organisations to consult with the concerned health offices before sending health workers and medicines in the diarrhoea hit areas. It has been alleged that most of the medicines sent in the diarrhoea hit areas have been found to be unusable and ineffective. “Sending medicines from their own volition might be problematic,” acting director Upadhyaya said. According to the statistic of the directorate, 103 persons have died of the disease in Jajarkot, 5 in Salyan, 8 in Rukum, 2 in Dailekh and 3 in Surkhet. In fact, the number of deaths has been estimated to be around 150. Lieutenant at Surkhet based Bhairab Battalion, Sudhir Thapa said 25 quintals of medicines and some health workers were on stand-by.