Shortage of maternity drugs

Tooba Jivani

It is to draw attention of the concerned authorities regarding the precarious situation, which has recently occurred in the maternity hospitals. I, being the witness to one of the severe cases, write with a deep concern that our future generation might be in danger due to the shortage of life saving drugs, which is used during the childbirth. If the drug is not given to the expecting mother then causality cannot be ruled out.
After getting into the situation, it was evident that Oxytocin and Methylergometrine Maleate have vanished from the open market. The drugs were not available for the expecting mothers because the relatives, who were asked to bring those, found them after a lot of hassle and effort. This is a critical condition because shortage of these drugs has put the lives of thousands of expectant mothers at risk with an existing maternal mortality rate of 170 per 100,000 as per WHO. A healthcare system must be sufficient to produce life saving drugs of this sensitivity.
A normal delivery costs between 10,000 to 30,000 rupees. The said injections were available till last year for Rs 5 and Rs 10 but now the same have vanished, some of the pharmacies suggest to go for an imported alternate which costs around Rs 100.
The authorities are requested to save the public from hassle of running from pillar to post for a Rs 5 injection, and ensure its availability at the medical stores.
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