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Patients suffer due to shortage of medicines at Jan Aushadhi centre

punjab Updated: Jan 08, 2014 19:18 IST
Harshraj Singh

Owing to non availability of required medicines at Jan Ausshadi Generic Drug Store at Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital, many patients are being forced to visit drug stores outside the hospital.


Despite the claims of health department, Jan Aushadhi store is not available for 24 hours to provide subsidised medicines to its patients. Due to shortage of funds, it has failed to provide relief to the patients. The centre has only 50% of the medicines that are prescribed by the doctors of civil hospital.

Even during emergencies, many patients are forced to go outside to get medicines. Even though there is another dispensary at the civil hospital where free medicines are provided, but that too does not provide all the required medicines and it closes in the afternoon.

“A doctor has prescribed me three types of medicines but only one medicine was available at this centre. I was told that the medicines will be available outside the hospital,” said Rajni, mother of an 11-year-old patient.

Besides Rajni, many others patients complained that they don't get the required subsidised medicines at Jan Aushadhi store, which is being managed by Rogi Kalyan Samiti.

Kuldeep Singh, in charge of Jan Aushadhi store, said, “Due to shortage of staff we open it for only for 12 hours.” On being asked, he said they had 50% medicines, out of the total number of medicines prescribed by the doctors, which are available at low rates.

Shivram Saroay, Rogi Kalayan Samiti, said, “We have informed the higher authorities of the hospital about the non availability of all the required medicines. We have also discussed the matter during the recent meetings with hospital authorities and civil surgeon.”

Senior medical officer at Civil Hospital, Dr RK Karkara said, “We don't have the funds to ensure availability of all the required medicines at Jan Aushadhi. However, we are also providing selected free medicines to the patients at the dispensary inside hospital.”

When the HT team visited the hospital around 6 pm on Wednesday, the emergency patients were seen going outside the hospital to get medicines as the lights of Jan Aushadhi were switched off. When the HT Photojournalist clicked a photo, the staff switched the lights on.

Kuldeep Singh, in charge, said lights were switched off due to the electricity fluctuating.