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Health Deptt wastes medicines meant for poor
Inquiry ordered, storekeeper suspended
8/8/2018 10:55:33 PM
Saahil Suhail

Early Times Report

Anantnag, Aug 8: The Health department has been found wasting the free medicine supply meant for poor patients in this south Kashmir district. People staged protests against the Health department in Qamar-Shahabad-Kapran area of the district on Tuesday after they found large quantity of expired medicines in the hospital.
According to locals, the authorities at Primary Health Center Qamar-Shahabad had dumped the medicines in the hospital premises after noticing that the same had expired.
Some residents alleged that the doctors at PHC were administering expired medicines to patients. They alleged that doctors and paramedical staff at the PHC weren't giving these medicines to poor and needy patients as per the government orders, with the result these medicines expired and the hospital authorities had to dump and waste it.
"This is sheer wastage of money, and it has exposed the doctors because most of the time doctors don't prescribe the medicines that remain available in the hospital and instead force patients to purchase medicine from open market," the protesters said. They demanded stern action against the doctors and paramedical staff of the hospital.
Block Medical Officer Verinag and Sub-Divisional Magistrate Dooru pacified the protesters and assured action in the matter.
Chief Medical Officer Anantnag, Dr Fazil Ali Kochak told Early Times that a four-member committee headed by the Deputy Chief Medical Officer Anantnag will probe the matter. He said that after receiving initial reports, they have suspended the store-keeper of PHC Qamar and issued explanations to three doctors. Dr Kochak said that allegations of administrating expired medicines to patients weren't true. "The hospital staff had collected the expired medicine and were going to dispose of it," he added. In 2016, the J&K government had started supplying free medicines to government run-hospitals but complaints against misuse of same supply continue to pour from different parts of the state. Also doctors are being accused that they don't prescribe the medicines to patients that remains available in the hospitals, with the result the hospital authorities have to waste it after it expires.
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