No patients ordered to buy own medicines at HSI - health director

JOHOR BAHRU, June 5 (Bernama) -- Johor State Health director Dr Selahuddeen Abd Aziz said initial investigations by Sultan Ismail Hospital (HSI) here found no patients were directed to buy their own medicines as posted on Facebook.


The Johor Health Department (JKNJ) is referring to a statement posted on Facebook dated June 3, 2018 which claimed some patients had to buy their own medicines as none were available at the hospital which had allegedly run out of funds.


"There is adequate supply of medicines and patients are given medicines according to those listed in the Ministry of Health Medicines Formulary," he said in a statement posted on the Facebook page of JKNJ today.


Dr Selahuddeen said HSI had contacted the Facebook account owner to seek clarification and was told that he had only heard stories from one party and did not confirm the matter with HSI.


He said JKNJ wanted to assure the public that the supply of medicine was adequate and that it would always strive to provide the best service to the community.


He also reminded the public to verify with JKNJ before transmitting any information about health services in order to avoid situations that trigger anxiety and panic among the people.


-- BERNAMA





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