October 27: Hill districts in the Far Western Province of Nepal have been facing shortage of medicines since a week. The shortage has surfaced as the supply of essential drugs to Doti, Achham and Bajura have been halted due to the disruption in transport facility triggered by the recent floods and landslides.
Suduar Paschim Province Health Directorate, Dipayal Rajpur confirmed that the obstructions of roadways at several locations have hampered the drug supplies to the hill districts.
District Hospital Doti’s doctor Prakash Thakulla also confirmed the scarcity of medicines in the district. According to him, the hospital pharmacy is running out of stock and private suppliers have also reported shortage. The situation would turn worse if the supplies cannot be restored within a day or two, he added.
The 50-bed Soo-jung Hospital Rajpur reports that the existing stock is hardly sufficient for the next two days. It is said local level here are also struggling with the short supply of general medicines.
Bogatan-Phudsil rural municipality chair Kamal Bahadur Gadsila said they are also facing shortage of essential drugs. According to health professionals, the scarcity of drugs mainly for the control of water-borne diseases and those prescribed for chronic diseases has surfaced in the hill districts following the recent natural disasters. -- RSS