Haryana Medical Devices Association (HMDA) on Friday urged the Haryana government to make available tax-free adult diapers in the state.
The members of the HMDA said that adult diapers used by patients of incontinence, mobility impairment, severe diarrhea or dementia were being sold with tax levied on it in the state, while they were sold without tax in New Delhi.
HMDA state president Pardeep Bhargav, who also runs a chemist shop in Kaithal town, said: “Patients are appreciating adult diapers for their hygienic quality. If a patient is bed-ridden, it becomes easier and comfortable for the caretaker to assist him with the new diapers.”
In Haryana, the diapers are available for Rs 40-42, while in Delhi they cost up to Rs 35.
Bhargav said: “Due to variation in sales tax, which is 13.13% higher in our state, a patient is forced to pay more as compared to the neighbouring states.”
HMDA general secretary Sunil Gupta said: “The business in the state is affected as the product is available for lower price elsewhere.”
Vishal Paruthi, a resident of Rohtak town whose mother was bedridden for the past three years and needed adult diapers on regular basis, said: “These diapers come handy as patients do not remain in conscious state to intimate their caretakers in advance about the call of nature.”
Dr Anshu Sharma, senior doctor at a private hospital, said: “On an average, a patient suffering from severe diarrhea or dementia or incontinence needs three to four adult diapers on a daily basis and bed-ridden patients need it for prolonged period.”