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LHMC doctors must go elsewhere to get hepatitis, rabies injections

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 Rohit Shishodia
For a long time now there are no hepatitis or rabies injections available at Lady Hardinge Medical College hospital.

Doctors of Central government-run Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC) have expressed concern over non-availability of hepatitis and rabies injections in their own hospital even for the doctors, not to speak of patients.

Two lady doctors who were recently bitten by stray dogs on LHMC premises had to go to Ram Manohar Lohia hospital for the rabies injections. The injections have not been available at LHMC for a long time.

Doctors worry that many a times they get nicked while administering injections to hepatitis affected patients. For prevention too, they have to go to RML hospital. But in RML, instead of a solution, they face more problems as they are directed to get a letter from their own hospital director for hepatitis injections.

The cost of hepatitis injection is more than Rs 20,000. Now, they first have to take a letter from their own director and then go to RML director for injections. This entire process takes a lot of time which can endanger their lives as hepatitis injections have to be taken within limited time.

Left with no option, they purchase the injections on their own. The amount is not refundable.

Dr Vivek Chouksey, President, Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association (FORDA) and RDA president, LHMC, said that he has raised this issue but nothing could be done. “That the doctors are made to run for their treatment from LHMC to RML just to get the approval for an injection is something unacceptable. We endanger our lives while treating infected patients. But there is no treatment for us. What would be happening to the patients?” he asked.

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