Starting as a single cabinet of medicines in 1995, Room no 41 has now progressed to a well-established Drug Bank.41 Drug Bank 41 is at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital which caters to the needs of the zakat deserving inpatients of the hospital by providing them free of cost medical and surgical items, blood and blood related products.
Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be, by working on this thought we introduced a computerized software-based system in the department in 2008 to keep record of drugs received and dispatched to patients. All these efforts are made to provide medicines to patients without any hindrance.
This patient-focused service include medication delivery, therapeutic drug monitoring, and promotion of optimal drug therapy. Our Volunteers work as an integral member of health care team to achieve desired therapeutic outcomes, prevent or minimize drug-related problems, and improve medication use.
Alhamdulillah It’s been 22 years since HOPES came into being, and Room 41 at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital has been its only constant throughout all this time. When we started in 1995, we were very short on budget it was just PKR 10,000 and we had to make do with it. Nevertheless, the budget for Room 41 has gone up to PKR 15 lacs for just a month. For an outsider, it may not hold much importance. After all, it’s just a small room on the ground floor of Abbasi, but our volunteers at HOPES know that it is nothing short of a blessing for the patients who visit it every day to receive medicines free-of-cost.
Medicines are given completely free-of-cost to all the patients who visit Room 41. Before giving the meds, the patient is asked a series of questions to ensure that they are eligible for Zakat. If not, they are provided with medicines bought with donations. As the budget for Room 41 has markedly increased since the past few years, we now cater to not only patients of Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, but also OPD patients who cannot afford to get themselves treated. This multiplication in funds can be attributed to a greater number of volunteers joining HOPES and working hard for its cause. Major donation is made by KMDC students and our Alumni overseas and in Pakistan. Zakat Campaigns and the profit from Health Expo has also caused an increase in funds.