CMCH: 400 Hepatitis C patients struggling for treatment, survival

September 22, 2015 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: As many as 400 registered patients are suffering and running from pillar to post in search for Hepatitis C treatment injections which are not available at the sentinel site of Chandka Medical College Hospital (CMCH) Larkana.

Reliable sources said that the hospital authorities were constantly writing every fortnightly to Provincial Program Manager (PPM), Hepatitis Prevention & Control Program (Chief Minister’s Initiative), Hyderabad, to supply at least 20,000 vials, but only 400 to 500 vials are sent which are insufficient even for those patients who are registered at the site.

No new patient is being registered at this site since long due to the insufficient supply of required drugs. In a recent letter on September 17, the Medical Superintendent informed the PPM that as many as 347 Hepatitis C and 147 of Hepatitis B patients are registered at CMCH sentinel site but the stock is exhausted for which at least 6000 vials of injection Interferon (3MIU), 5000 Enticavire tablets of 0.5 mg, 15000 capsules Rabavirine (400 mg), 2000 Inj Amvax-B of 1 ml and 0.5 ml may be sent on urgent basis, but so far, nothing has been received and the site will remain closed for four days due to Eid- ul-Azha holidays, which shows that the Chief Minister’s Programme for Hepatitis Prevention & Control in Sindh is in utter doldrums.

The letter further added that there are no HDV, HCV & HBV kits in this largest teaching hospital and most important sentinel site of upper Sindh which must also be supplied but result is still nil. So many cases continue to surface monthly and regularly in Larkana & Qambar-Shahdadkot districts but the supply of treatment medicines is un-matching in both areas because of the fact that patients are more and the supply is too meager. Will the higher authorities intervene and rescue the affected poor suffering mankind without loss of further time.