Health minister rolls out I-Day bonanza

After attending a function of the Punjab Chemists’ Association on Sunday,Punjab Health Minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla said all the civil hospitals of the state would be equipped with CCTVs...

Written by Anupam Bhagria | Ludhiana | Published: July 19, 2010 1:57:45 am

Says all civil hospitals will be equipped with CCTVs,dialysis machines,medical vans before the Independence Day

After attending a function of the Punjab Chemists’ Association on Sunday,Punjab Health Minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla said all the civil hospitals of the state would be equipped with CCTVs,dialysis machines before the Independence Day adding that mobile medical vans will also be launched on national highways.

“The Akali-BJP government seized drugs worth Rs 9 crore ever since it has come to power in the state. However,the Congress government could seize drugs worth Rs 58 lakh in the span of five years. We are planning to increase the target of drug inspectors for the future,” she said. The Health minister said the department would appoint 34 drug inspectors and their exams had been arranged next month. When asked about the project of curbing the menace of quacks,Bhag Singh Singh,State Drug Controller,said,“Due to lack of coordination in the department,the project remained incomplete. Although it comes under the ambit of Punjab Medical Council but now we will do something about it.” The health minister justified the anti-establishment bill.

Chemists cry foul
On the occasion,the chemists association said that all the chemists are tagged with sellers of habit forming drugs. However,only five per cent indulge in this practice. About this,the health minister said,“Whenever any raid or checking is conducted by the health department,chemists do not cooperate.”

The chemists demanded for the amendment in a rule that if a person has five retail shops,he is authorised for a wholesale shop.

The chemists association said that many a times it happens that when two brothers have joint retail shops,one of them gets the licence of a wholesale shop. They demanded the license for both the brothers. The health minister agreed to their demand. The chemists also demanded for sale of some drugs for some chemists,but the health minister did not agree to it. She also did not agree to the demand that seized drugs will be given back to the chemists although their bills have been verified by the department. About this Tikka Dalip Singh,working president of Punjab Chemist Association said,“As per the Drug Act,the department is supposed to return the drugs if the bills are genuine.” The chemist association asked that in case a chemist stops selling medicines due to some sickness or death,his license should not be cancelled; any of his kith or kin should be allowed to sell medicines on the same license. About this,the health minister said,“It can be allowed only if the family member is qualified for the same.”

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