The Association of Health Professionals has reported that the Director General of Health Services has made the decision to slash 60% of healthcare supplies for the upcoming year. This reduction affects essential items such as medicines, surgical equipment, and laboratory materials, leading to concerns within the healthcare community.
According to Ravi Kumudesh, President of the Scholars Association, a total of 497 medicines, 5301 surgical instruments, and 2219 laboratory equipment and other materials have been removed from the supply register. Notably, some of the items removed include anti-cancer drugs and vitamin C.
Kumudesh highlights the need for expert input in such decisions and questions whether individual choices have been made without proper consultation. These cuts are raising concerns about the potential impact on the quality of healthcare services and the well-being of the population.