Nigeria: Patients Lament Shortage of Drugs At Asokoro, Maitama Hospitals

The Shortage of essential drugs at most public hospitals in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has remained a cause for serious concern for residents, especially those on the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

When our reporters visited Asokoro and Maitama District hospitals, it was discovered that despite having two pharmacies each, patients still get frustrated at the dispensing counters as the most likely response from the pharmacists is always, ‘we don’t have these drugs.’ Asokoro District Hospital is always crowded as it serves patients from Asokoro District and several satellite towns. Mrs. Justina Habila, a patient at the Asokoro District Hospital where she is accessing health care services under the NHIS, expressed concern over the current drug shortage, describing the situation as very dangerous for patients, especially those in need of emergency attention.

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