The lack of proper antibiotics to treat the patients who need emergency care has put the authorities at the National Hospital in a quandary.
President of the All-Ceylon Nurses Association S Mediwatta says the Hospital lacks surgical necessities and antibiotics in the accident ward to give accident victims post-surgery care.
The acute shortage of drugs has put the lives of patients in Jeopardy.
Mediwatte says the antibiotics needed for accident victims differ from one patient to the other since they may have to undergo different therapies under the care of the medical staff.
In some cases, the medical staff has no other alternative but to administer substitute antibiotics to the patients, which may not augur well in the long run.
Surgical materials such as gosh, bandages and catheters are in short supply that the hospital staff sometimes is compelled to plaster wounds without a dressing.
Daily, around 100 patients come over to the Accident ward for treatment.