Rural well being centres of Punjab give medication with out authorities label
Patiala, June 15
Rural well being centres throughout the state are distributing medicines to sufferers that don’t have the obligatory authorities label on them.
A go to to a rural well being centre in Patiala revealed that as a substitute of labelling “Punjab Authorities provide and to not be bought”, the medicines had MRP (most retail value) talked about on them.
These anomalies could result in the resale of those medicines at varied ranges, suspect consultants.
It has been learnt these rural well being centres come below the Division of Rural Growth and Panchayats, which has stopped buying the medicines from the Punjab Well being Programs Company (PHSC).
The PHSC is a nodal authorities company and each the division — well being and medical schooling — are supposed to buy the medicines by it.
In 2020, a senior officer had raised the problem and demanded the acquisition of medicines by the PHSC, however to no avail.
In the meantime, Dr Aslam Parvez, state president, Rural Medical Providers Affiliation, stated, “The division ought to comply with the foundations to buy
medicines for the agricultural well being centres.”
He stated, “The present mechanism to bypass the PHSC to purchase medicines ought to instantly be stopped. Medicines sans label of ‘to not be bought’ might be resold simply at each degree – from sufferers to high officers.”
He stated the affiliation members would observe a black day on July 1 (Physician’s Day) if the state authorities fails to fulfil their real demand.
Seema Jain, Principal Secretary, Division of Rural Growth and Panchayats, couldn’t be contacted regardless of repeated makes an attempt.
When contacted, Kuldeep Dhaliwal, Minister for Rural Growth and Panchayats, stated he would touch upon the problem solely after enquiring about it from the director.
Can result in resale
Medicines sans label of ‘to not be bought’ might be resold simply at each degree – from sufferers to high officers. — Dr Aslam Parvez, president, Rural Medical Providers Assn
PHSC being ‘bypassed’
These centres come below the Dept of Rural Growth and Panchayats, which has stopped buying the medicines from the Punjab Well being Programs Company (PHSC), a nodal authorities company, towards norms.