Govt should intervene on drug shortages

EDITOR — Government should act on the issue of hospitals running out of drugs as a matter of urgency.

I read with sadness your article entitled “Hospitals run out of drugs” and believe that if the government is concerned about its people, it should solve this problem without delay.

It was disheartening to know that hospitals are facing shortages of essential drugs, syringes and even bandages, among other things.

As most of us know, accessing healthcare in this country is very expensive and most people are unemployed and do not belong to any medical aid society.

I know that most people are actually dying in their homes because they do not have the finances to access healthcare.

But to make matters worse, the few who are able to access the healthcare have now hit another snag — that of shortage of drugs  in hospitals.

Most people struggle to access healthcare and to save enough money for hospital costs, one now is faced with the dilemma of having to pay cash for the medication.

I believe it has really become a challenge even for those who have medical aid to access drugs in the various facilities, including those who own pharmacies.

It is not just the State hospitals that are facing this dilemna but private hospitals as well because patients are being asked to find certain drugs that even need to be imported from outside the country.

Government has to show that it has its people at heart by making sure the drugs are available in hospitals.

Children under the age of five and pensioners are the worst affected as they have no source of income and rely on the government to provide for them.

The government needs to address this problem as a matter of urgency before more and more people lose their lives unnecessarily.

Government should allocate more money to health delivery instead of buying expensive cars.

Help us now before it’s too late.


Comments (2)

A humble plea to the powers that be: Please make people's lives the number one priority. Without people there is no one to govern.

Johno - 31 July 2014

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