Lately, hospitals across the island are facing great dilemma: a large proportion of the important drugs are lacking. Of the 700 essential ones, 200 are not available. As a consequence, the needs of patients are not being fully fulfilled.
It has been reported that hospitals are facing a great shortage in medicines and drugs. Nearly one-third of the essential drugs on the list drafted for hospitals are not available; out of the 700 essential drugs, around 200 are not accessible. Doctors, nurses and pharmacists are all confirming the lack of medicines.
All departments of the hospitals are being affected by this shortage of drugs: the casualty unit, the gyneacology one, pediatry, and so on.
What is behind this severe lack of drugs? Does the problem lie on the side of the manufacturer, or the Mauritian importers? Either one, it is the patients who are negatively affected by the problem. Doctors and nurses are as helpless, if not more.