Tehrathum: Most of the health centres are facing a shortage of essential medicines since long in the district. Locals of various parts in the districts have complained that they were compelled to return empty handed after reaching local health posts due to lack of medicine.
The health centres were failing to receive the medicines from the District Health Office as DHO stopped sending medicines to them since this fiscal year.
With the new provision, the local bodies should manage medicines to local health centres but the budget for the same is yet to be allocated properly.
According to locals, the health centres does not have even cetamol, amoxicillin and metro tablets and contraceptive devices among other essential medicines for past two months.
Chuhandanda Health Post In-charge Sushil Ingnam shared that over 36 kinds of cost-free medicines are shortage in most of the health centres, however, 39 types of medicines were said to be provided free of cost.
Similarly, the health posts at Thoklung, Phedam, Menchhyayem, Chhathar rural municipalities are also facing medicine shortage since long.
The DHO chief Dr Mukti Narayan Shah also accepted the reality of medicine shortage in most of the health centres in the district.
Due to it, patients in the district have been forced to buy the cost-free medicines as well.