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Closure of chemist shop at Panchkula hospital leaves patients in a lurch

Patients at the General Hospital in Panchkula are facing problems in availing medicines on time as the only chemist shop on the premises was closed some months ago.

Patients at the General Hospital in Panchkula are facing problems in availing medicines on time as the only chemist shop on the premises was closed some months ago. The Jan Aushadhi store on the hospital premises is usually closed and hardly has any medicines in stock.

According to one of the staff members of the hospital,the shop that was shut down recently was the third one since the hospital came into existence.

In June 2005,Aarohi Medical Hall was shut down by the health department following complaints of overcharging.

Narendra Arora ,director-general of health services said,“ Due to some policy changes,private chemist shops were disallowed on the hospital premises.”

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When asked about the problems patients have to face in the absence of any chemist shop on the hospital premises,Arora said,“We can request the association of chemist shops to keep one of the shops in Sector- 6 open till late night . And to ensure that they do not exploit customers,we can create a mechanism to keep a check on them.”

The Jan Aushadhi store,which is the only other option for the patients,is also in a bad state. The shop,opened in February 2009,hardly sells any medicines and remains closed for most of the time..

Talking to Chandigarh Newsline,Vijay Laxmi,secretary,Red Cross Society,said,“ The store usually sells the same generic medicines provided by the hospital free of cost. Hence it is hardly of any use to the customers and we are running in losses. We have written a letter to our nodal office to allow us more funds for local purchase.”

Pooja,whose relative is under treatment at the hospital,said,“When we have some transportation,it is easy to get the medicines,but sometimes at odd hours if we need any medicine it becomes difficult.”

Ramesh Kumar,another patient,said though some of the shops are opened at Sector- 6 till late night,it was much easier when there was one on the premises.

Panchkula MLA D K Bansal said he raised a question in the Assembly in February,whether it is a fact that there is no provision of chemist shop at the General Hospital. He was told that the chemist shop had been made functional again .”I will look into the matter and make sure that appropriate measures are taken”,said Bansal.