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Lack of supplies forces ocular patients to wait

Update: October, 21/2015 - 09:00
A doctor examines patients for pink eye at the Ha Noi-based National Eye Hospital. The hospital temporarily postponed non-emergency eye surgeries due to a lack of medicine and supplies. — VNA/VNS Photo Duong Ngoc

HA NOI (VNS) — The Ha Noi-based National Eye Hospital has temporarily postponed conducting eye surgeries due to a lack of medicine and supplies, except for emergency operations.

Nguyen Minh, a patient who had registered for a surgery two weeks ago, is yet to have the operation. He complained to the online newspaper Dan Tri that he had his surgery delayed three times.

"I had to arrange the operation but it got canceled at the last minute because the hospital ran out of supplies," Minh said.

Minh was among many cases that wasted their time and efforts going back and forth without any result.

The hospital's deputy director, Dr Tran An, said that the hospital didn't have sufficient supplies to carry out scheduled operations. The remaining supplies are only enough for emergency cases.

Another deputy director, Dr Nguyen Xuan Hiep, said that this year the pharmaceutical procurement process of the hospital was still incomplete, which led to the recent shortage of medicine and supplies.

The hospital had been taking up a number of measures to solve the problem but the supplies were still insufficient, he said.

Hiep said that some special materials were lacking. Therefore, patients who needed to undergo retinal detachment surgeries, or Phacoemulsification surgeries still had to wait.

In a meeting on Monday, the Ministry of Health requested the Ha Noi Eye Hospital and Ha Dong Eye Hospital to share supplies and medicines with the National Eye Hospital.

Nguyen Minh Tuan, Director General of the ministry's Medical Equipment and Construction Department said the National Eye Hospital already had planned to purchase supplies to meet with the demand of patients. The department would support the hospital to end the interruption of operations. — VNS

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