Shortage of hepatitis medicines in Larkana

Larkana: LARKANA: Acute shortage of Hepatitis C treatment medicines is being faced by the poor patients at the sentinel site established in Larkana for the benefit of affected positive patients as new patients are given one month date for getting treatment drugs.

This grave situation surfaced when a poor affected female patient complained about this delay who was accommodated after interference by a senior doctor. Under treatment patients at this site of Hepatitis C are 405 and 165 of Hepatitis B, according to a report sent to Provincial Program Manager at Hyderabad. Previous balance at this site of Injection Interferon was 827, as many as 4800 injections were received out of which 5331 were utilized and now only 296 injections are in stock which is insufficient, the report added, and 7000 of 03ml are required to meet the requirement. Likewise, 1260 Tablets Entecavir 0.5mg were in stock which have been utilized and nothing is available and 6000 are required, report further said.

No HDV Elisa kits are available at this site since last six months, report further disclosed, hence all affected patients are forced to get it done from outside or left at the mercy of their creator. 60 new Hepatitis C patients were registered in December 2015 and 13 of Hepatitis B.

Total number of registered patients for treatment at this site has increased to 4722 of Hepatitis C and 1059 of Hepatitis B and under treatment patients of Hepatitis C at this site are 405 and Hepatitis B are 165. So far 3761 patients of C and 689 of B have completed treatment and 310 of C and 78 of B have defaulted. In December 57 of hepatitis C and five of hepatitis B have completed their treatment. Will the rulers ensure supply of sufficient quantity of drugs required so that new cases should be able to get treatment on the spot is a question to be answered to them only.