Leprosy Hospital Manghopir faces shortage of drugs

KARACHI: The shortage of drug continues in Karachi Metropolitan Corporation-run Leprosy Hospital Manghopir as the KMC administration has failed to provide medicines to the hospital, PPI learned on Monday.

An administrative official of Leprosy Hospital Manghopir said that there was an acute shortage of medicines at the hospital as KMC administration had not been supplying the required medicines to them for past several years.

The Leprosy Hospital is sole and first hospital its kind where the best facilities are available for diagnosis and treatment of Leprosy, Hepatitis, Tuberculosis, eye and skin diseases under one roof.

However, due to the continuing medicine crisis, the number of OPD patients has decreased in this hospital considerably, while supply of food to the admitted patients had also been stopped owing to financial crisis for last one year.

The official said that over 5,000 leprosy patients have been registered in the centre so far, out of them 200 are under treatment in the hospital. He said hospital offers services of TB, leprosy, hepatitis, eye, immunization and treatment of other diseases.

He added that despite all these problems the hospital administration was striving hard to provide treatment facilities to the patients from its limited resources.

Senior Director Medical & Health Services KMC Dr Salma Kausar Ali said due to shortage of funds the administration was unable to supply medicines to the hospital. She said up-gradation of hospital, supply of food and provision of drugs is not possible due to lack of funds.

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