There was a severe shortage of injectable heparin, a blood thinner, across Punjab, including Lahore.
Heart operations at Mayo Hospital, the largest treatment facility in the province, were stopped due to acute shortage of “heparin”, an injection that thins the thick blood of heart patients.
Angiography, angioplasty including the cath lab which examines the arteries of the heart is also closed for the last 5 days. Plasmapheresis was also stopped by running out of kits used for blood transfusions and cleaning.
The President of Pakistan Medical Association termed the shortage of medicines in Mayo Hospital as administrative incompetence.
According to the Pakistan Pharmaceutical Association, the stock of life-saving medicines is running out due to import problems.
On the other hand, the CEO of Mayo Hospital, Professor Saqib Saeed, is of the opinion that more tenders should be given, but no company is accepting tenders due to shortage of medicines.