Govt medicines sold to pvt hospitals, chemists
The vigilance bureau on Friday arrested two health department employees on a charge of supplying medicines and equipment meant for government hospitals to private hospitals and chemists.
The bureau team and drug inspectors raided the civil surgeon's office, and some private hospitals and chemist's shops here based on a secret input. A pharmacist and some employees of the Rupnagar Civil Hospital are said to be involved in the scandal.
The bureau also raided the house of pharmacist Prem Sharan Bansal at Kurali and arrested both him and his alleged accomplice, Rakesh Kumar for holding government stock illegally. A case under the Prevention of Corruption Act, Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Drugs and Cosmetics Act was registered at Ludhiana, vigilance bureau senior superintendent of police (Ludhiana range) Satinder Singh has confirmed.
The raiding team recovered government medicines and equipment worth about Rs 4 lakh from the shop-cum-flat of Bansal, a nearby place at Kurali, and Baweja Hospital in Rupnagar.
The items recovered from Bansal include 16,000 tablets, surgical gloves, antibiotics, cotton bandages, paediatric antibiotic oral suspension, and needles and syringes. More than 6,000 tablets, which were not government medicine but stored in his house by Bansal without licence, were also recovered.
Nearly 300 government-stock Copper-Ts (intrauterine device for contraception) were also recovered from Baweja Hospital. "Bansal used to supply the government medicines to private hospitals for reduced price and Rakesh Kumar would carry the stock to Bansal's house in Kurali," said the SSP. The role of Baweja Hospital authorities and other health department officials and chemists was under examination.