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Patients in public hospitals buy medicines from bazaar

Patients in public hospitals buy medicines from bazaar

Feb 24, 2019 - 17:48

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Some patients and their attendants at government hospitals in capital Kabul on Sunday said they purchased medicines and surgery equipment from the bazaar.

Some people accuse government hospitals’ doctors of distributing medicines meant for patients among themselves, but officials reject the allegation.

Article fifty-two of the constitution says:

The state shall provide free preventative healthcare and treatment of diseases as well as medical facilities to all citizens in accordance with the provisions of the law.

Establishment and expansion of private medical services as well as healthinfo-icon centers shall be encouraged and protected by the state in accordance with the provisions of the law. The state shall adopt necessary measures to foster healthy physical educationinfo-icon and development of the national as well as local sportsinfo-icon.

However, Asadullah, who was attending his patient at the Rabia Balkhi Maternity Hospital in Kabul, told Pajhwok he brought his patient from central Bamyan province for a surgery operation.
He said he spent thousands of afghanis on buying medicines and even gloves from the bazaar during his patient’s three days in hospital.

Another attendant, who wished to go unnamed, held similar views and said within two days he bought medicines and gloves worth 5,000 afghanis for his patient from the market.

A number of others attendants expressed similar views and accused doctors of government hospitals of using patient’s medicines for their own benefit.

Meanwhile, an official of the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) Dr. Muhibullah Zeer, told Pajhwok due to lack of enough budget for government hospitals, doctors had to ask patient attendants to buy medicines from the bazaar.


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