Shortage of essential medicines in Jaffna peninsula

[TamilNet, Friday, 09 May 2008, 03:18 GMT]
Health service in Jaffna peninsula will be facing a crisis if the fast dwindling stocks of medicines in Jaffna Teaching Hospital and other hospitals in Jaffna peninsula are not replenished immediately, District Public Health Service (DPHS) sources said. Repeated requests to he Ministry of Health remain unattended due to disinterest and calculated step-motherly attitude of the authorities in charge of this affair, Jaffna Health officials added.

The allocation of medicine for the first quarter of the year has not been fully sent to Jaffna peninsula while the allocation for the second quarter. Alhough shipment has been loaded in Colombo harbour a week ago, the ship is still held due to official negligence, sources in Colombo said.

Infectious diseases including fever isincreasing in the peninsula due to the excessive seasonal heat, and out patients in hospitals are unable to obtain regular medications including asprin, disprin, pandol and priton.

However, there is sufficient stock of these in the open market and the hospitals running short of medicaments have to purchase them through their respective Development Societies in the open market, hospital sources said.

Besides, stocks of medicines essential for monthly treatment and test materials for ailments like diabetes and blood pressure are almost exhausted, causing great distress to the patients coming to the clinics.

Lack of private hospitals in Jaffna peninsula places a heavy burden on the government hospitals and most of the patients being poor are unable to buy the essential medicines in the private shops.

If the second quarter allocation of medicines does not reach the peninsula within a few days the health service will have to face a serious crisis, health department sources said.

Jaffna Teaching Hospital and the rest of the regional and divisional hospitals in the peninsula which come under Jaffna DPHS face the same predicament.


Latest 15 Reports
22.01.21 08:01   Photo
Gotabaya sets up deceptive COI citing ‘sovereignty’ and ‘non-aligned’ foreign policy
18.01.21 23:44   Photo
Tamil activists resisted three sources of outside influence while drafting demands to UNHRC
16.01.21 11:03  
Tamil national parties demand UN to inquire into crime of genocide and set up IIIM
09.01.21 09:37   Photo
Demolition of Tamil genocide monument, fourth emblematic trauma since 1974: Rev Fr Sakthivel
08.01.21 23:51   Photo
Colombo destroys Mu'l'livaaykkaal memorial monument at Jaffna University
07.01.21 11:22   Photo
With emphasis on genocide, Suresh calls for ICC-referral, IIIM and referendum
07.01.21 00:04   Photo
Boyle prefers IIIM demand over ICC-referral, says specific reference to genocide essential
06.01.21 14:26  
Indian Minister of External Affairs Jaishankar trades off Tamils’ sovereign rights
05.01.21 07:08  
TNPF's reluctance, NGO-meddling pose challenges to formulating joint Tamil demands to UN: Shivaji
06.12.20 15:44   Photo
Colombo’s brutal suppression of Tamil Heroes’ Day counter-productive to stated objectives: Tamil MP
27.11.20 16:44   Photo
Occupied Tamil Eelam marks Heroes' Day indoors, SL military detains seminary principal
16.11.20 18:45  
China launches world’s biggest regional trade agreement without Indian participation
31.10.20 10:58  
Tamils risk Kashmir-like status revocation if Gota continues Trinco military cooperation with US
06.10.20 11:40  
Poet Pulamaipithan who championed Tamil Eelam solidarity in Tamil Nadu turns 85
28.09.20 23:19   Photo
Muslims join Tamils opposing Colombo's suppression of Thileepan Remembrance in North
Find this article at: