Baglung, Oct 19: Various medical centres in Dhaulgiri zone, including the government hospitals and pharmacies, have started reeling under the medicine shortage following the unannounced border blockade imposed by India on Nepal.
As the import of the essential drugs has stopped following the blockade, the medical services such as obstetrics and emergency services among others have been affected adversely.
Not only that, the health centres and hospitals in various districts as Baglung, Myagdi and Parbat are also lacking basic drugs and equipment as injection and saline among others, the health workers said.
According to Tek Narayan Sharma, Chairperson of Chemists and Druggists Association, Dhaulagiri Chapter, the storage of medicines in the District Health Offices are also on the wane.
Consumers are compelled to buy the government provided cost-free medicines from the private pharmacies as the health centres run short of those drugs, Chairperson Sharma added.
“If the situation persists like this, the hospitals will come to a grinding halt,” shared Govinda Gautam, Director of Nilgiri Hospital, Baglung.