October 02, 2005, Hindustan Times

The availability of medicine at government hospitals in the city and districts is poor, says a survey conducted by Consumer Unity & Trust Society, Calcutta Resource Centre and Community Development Medicinal Unit, West Bengal. Funded by the World Health Organisation, the survey was carried out in Kolkata, Jalpaiguri, Malda, Burdwan, Purulia, West Midnapore and South-24 Parganas. Only four of seven listed antibiotics were available at he hospitals while inhalers for asthma patients and drugs for psychiatric patients were hard to find.