Health Desk—August 2, 2017: Treatment at 145 community clinics in five upazilas of Gaibandha district is badly hampered as supply of government medicine has been stopped for the last two months.
Besides prescriptions, patients are provided 29 items of medicine like paracetamol, antacid, histasin and orsaline free of cost from the community clinics.
Each community clinic is supplied those medicines after four months, said Community Health Provider (CHP) Subas Chardra Roy.
But since early February, supply of government sponsored medicines to the 145 community clinics in the district has remained suspended, he said.
Patients at Farabari Community Clinic in Thakurgaon Sadar upazila have been deprived of treatment service properly due to shortage of medicine, the sources said.
They were returning home with empty hands as the clinic's stock was finished.
Anita Rani, 35, of Chutbothina village of the upazila, said, “I came to the clinic as I had been suffering from fever for three days. The doctor gave me prescription, but no medicine.”
CHP Subas Chardra said 50-70 patients come every day to get treatment at the clinic.
“We have not been able to provide medicine to patients for two months as the stock is finished. Now we are providing only prescription to the patients due to shortage of medicine,” he said.
Now medicine is provided to community clinics under the project of Revitalisation of Community Health Care Initiatives in Bangladesh (RCHPIB), Civil Surgeon Dr Abu Mohammad Khairul Kabir in this connection said.
He, however, assured that the community clinics will be given medicine within a short period of time.
Courtesy: The Daily Star