27th Apr 2017 10:04:PM State
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

ES Reporter

ITANAGAR, Apr 27:  In an alarming disclosure, the Adi Students’ Union (AdiSU) today informed that the Directorate of Health Services (DHS), Naharlagun has disbursed medicines with short term expiry dates in huge quantities across the state.

Speaking to reporters at Press club today, General Secretary AdiSU,  Buteng Tayeng informed that as per the official log sheet of the supplied drugs, Bakin Pertin General Hospital Pasighat, in East Siang district alone received a batch of Iron Folic Acid drug containing 4 lakh tablets which has already expired on January 2017.

These medicines are now being kept at the hospital’s storeroom, added Tayeng while adding that such medicines has also been distributed in Siang and Upper Siang Districts. Altogether 10 lakh medicines are now in storerooms of these three districts.

Stating that, Tayeng also  revealed that as per the documents, 1000 vials of Gentamicin injections, 12000 packets of Oral Rehydration Salt, which have already expired are being kept at the hospital’s storeroom, along with other 14 different medicines, most of which will expire within the next couple of months.

‘When we contacted the concern authority of  Directorate of Health, they informed that the supplied medicines were of 2014-15 financial year procured under Central Procurement Board supposed to be used in NHM bound programme and due to delay in releasing fund to the procuring agencies, the said medicine were disbursed on November 2016,’ he informed.

What will happen to those drugs now is not an issue but procurement and supplying the same by the DHS to the district hospitals is a matter of serious concern, added the AdiSU general secretary while demanding immediate suspension of concern officers involved in the nexus and an SIT inquiry along with immediate replacement of the expired medicines.

Further, the union has also appealed the state government to sanction additional fund of Rs 30 crore for procurement of medicines stating the current allotment of fund for health sector, Rs 10 crore for procurement of medicines, is insufficient.

The union has also demanded complete ban on private practice of government doctors in the state, immediate posting of specialist doctors at Pangin, an ambulance for PHC Pessing, and doctors and nurses at Rebo Perging PHC. 

Kenter Joya Riba

(Managing Editor)
      She is a graduate in Science with post graduation in Sociology from University of Pune. She has been in the media industry for nearly a decade. Before turning to print business, she has been associated with radio and television.
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