As part of surprise checking of offices, on Tuesday Health Minister Surjit Kumar Jayani conducted a ‘raid’ at Mansa Civil Hospital and found branded medicines in abundance in government’s Jan Aushadhi Centre, while generic medicines, which are cheaper, were in limited stock only.
The store was also opening late in the morning, while being shut down by early evening, thus forcing patients to buy costly medicines from private drug stores. Even the government stores were having many costly medicines, which they are not supposed to keep.
Not only this, the otherwise clean looking hospital has no radiologist and a private doctor, who had been hired by the hospital, comes for only about 1-2 hours a day to conduct ultrasounds, x-rays etc and for the rest of the time, patients had to get these tests done from private clinics – which are in abundance within the vicinity, as they too were aware of non-availability of a radiologist in the civil hospital.
The minister was also aware of these problems. Jayani said that patients complained about these things, but: “We are trying hard to recruit regular radiologists, but are not getting good response from specialists to join government hospital. So such an arrangement has been made for patients for few hours.”
Jayani, however, was upset about shortage of generic medicines in Jan Aushadi Centre and he asked DC Mansa to look into the matter. The minister stated that the concept of making generic medicines available at drug stores of civil hospital was started with an aim of providing cheap medicines to poor patients.
Sources revealed that many banned drugs were also found in the drug store of civil hospital and health minister warned the senior medical officer (SMO) and drug inspector about this. He said: “Regular raids will be conducted by SMO and drug inspector and in case any anomaly is detected, the drug inspector will be directly responsible for it.”
Meanwhile, the entire staff was present in the hospital at the time of the minister’s surprise visit. However, he asked the SMO and civil surgeon to conduct regular checks to keep employees performing.