THE GOVERNMENT Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH) in Sector 16, which deals with emergency and trauma cases round the clock, doesn’t have dextrose normal saline (DNS) in its stock. Those reaching the hospital’s emergency for treatment are being asked to purchase it from the nearby chemist shops. DNS is immediately provided to the patients when brought in emergency conditions.
“When I reached the emergency on Thursday, doctors told me to purchase IV fluid from outside. They said there is no stock of glucose,” said Santosh Sharma, chairperson of Social Welfare Advisory Board, Chandigarh, who brought a patient, who works at her home and is a suspected dengue case. “This is a general hospital. How can they say there is a shortage of such crucial items?”
She said she was told by UT Health Director Rakesh Kashyap that senior medical officer (emergency) Dr Satbir Singh had been on leave. “If the SMO is on leave then why steps were not taken to keep sufficient stock of items?” she asked. Several other attendants of patients at the emergency complained about the lack of DNS stock.
When contacted, Dr Kashyap said that he doesn’t know the reason for DNS shortage. He, however, confirmed that the hospital is facing a shortage. “I checked with SMO and I have been informed that there is a shortage. The reasons are not known yet,” he told Chandigarh Newsline. “The emergency incharge has been on leave for four days. We have designated powers to SMO to purchase stock up to Rs 10,000 if there is any shortage of any item or if the order takes a long time to be delivered. We will find out on Friday what actually happened and what led to the shortage,” said Kashyap. “I have asked for a report from the officials concerned. Action will be taken against those found guilty.”
Asked why sufficient stock was not kept in advance as the hospital deals with trauma patients 24X7, Kashyap said that “offhand I don’t want to make any comment before everything is investigated”. Dr Vandana Gupta, Medical Superintendent, GMSH-16, didn’t respond to calls made by Chandigarh Newsline. Dr Satbir was not available for comment.