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Shortfall of Ranibizumab injection for diabetic patients with eye complications at Capital Hospital

3/10/2022 at 1:24 PM

Bhubaneswar, Oct 3: Diabetic patients with eye complications are in distress following a shortfall of Ranibizumab injections at Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar, according to hospital sources.

The Odisha government in 2017 had announced to provide Ranibizumab injection free of cost to patients with diabetic retinal disorders.

The drug works wonder for the treatment of retinal diseases and macular edema patients with eye ailments that cost around Rs 20,000 per dose. Now that is not affordable for poor patients, said a senior ophthalmologist of the hospital on condition of anonymity.

Keeping the high cost of injection in view, the state government had announced to provide it free of cost at the Capital Hospital. However, the injection is not available for the last two years, said the ophthalmologist.

The hospital authorities said the injection is not in stock for the last two years and we have written several letters to the Odisha State Medical Corporation for supply but in vain.

Notably, earlier, the injection was available at a few private hospitals in the state and patients had to pay Rs 40,000 for treatment.

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