INSEC district representatives have reported that there have been medicine shortages in various health organizations in Darchula and Baitadi. According to INSEC district representative Narendra Singh Karki of Darchula, the shortages in medicine came after the local levels failed to purchase the medicine.
The health organizations are having shortage of even simple medicine like Citamtol according to ANM Parbati Jagari of Ghusa Health post. She added that health professionals have not returned back yet from their holiday.
Local Prem Singh Karki said that they are compelled to go to the District Hospital of Khalanga to get Citamol and for even a normal ailment.
Khandeshwori Health Post, Gulzar, Sunkesara, Eani SHikhar, Huti, Dhari and Lali health posts are facing severe crunch of medicine.
The government has already transferred fund in local level to purchase medicine however the local level has failed to purchase medicines. Dr Rabi Ranjan Shah, of District Health Office said that all local levels have responsibility to provide medicine to health organizations.
Meanwhile, there has been shortage of medicine in various health organizations in Baitadi. According to INSEC district representative Nari Badu, the shortages in medicine are a result of delay in purchase of medicine by local level. At present, there are not even CItamol in health organizations in Baitadi. The local levels in Dilashaini and Sigas rural municipalities have not initiated the medicine purchasing process yet.
Dt Gun Raj Awasthi, chief of District Public Health of Baitadi said that patients are compelled to buy medicine by paying higher prices from pharmacies.
Local Prem Bhat said that due to the lack of experience of newly elected local representatives, the purchasing process of medicine has been delayed which created a shortage.
The government has a policy to provide 70 types of medicine freely however locals are facing difficulties after the shortage of medicine in health organizations.