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IDH is yet to get that ?freedom?!

FREE MEDICINES at KGMU?s Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) would still take time to become a reality. This is because the grant that was to reach KGMU went to the Chief Medical Officer (CMO).

india Updated: Jan 09, 2006 01:08 IST

FREE MEDICINES at KGMU’s Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) would still take time to become a reality. This is because the grant that was to reach KGMU went to the Chief Medical Officer (CMO).

The CMO now wants KGMU to send the purchase list of medicines worth Rs 6 lakh. But, the IDH superintendent has several reasons against the CMO’s demand.

“We have shops run by Welfare Society on the campus to provide medicines 20 per cent cheaper than market rates. Why would we purchase it through the CMO then? More so handling medicines requires pharmacist and we have none,” says Dr Gurucharan Singh the IDH superintendent.

nitially it was decided that KGMU would get Rs 6 lakh for IDH. The decision was taken in a meeting of KGMU authorities with principal secretary held on August 17.

A follow up of same meeting came on December 7, when special secretary wrote to the health directorate for providing the amount to KGMU. The amount was released from the health department but interestingly it was send to chief medical officer.

The CMO after getting the money wrote a letter to KGMU registrar on January 2, demanding the list of medicines required at IDH. “I was given the money by the directorate so I have asked KGMU to send me the requisition of medicines. But there seems no moving ahead as they are yet to reply, said CMO Dr UK Gupta.

IDH superintendent has another reason in his support. “The estimate of Rs 6 lakh was made according to the rates at society shops but medicines purchased through the CMO would make a different in price. Higher price would mean less medicines while we have commitment for free medicines to all patients coming here.”

Dr Singh has sent a letter to the registrar on Thursday asking what he could do in such a situation. “I do not whether to send requisition for medicines or wait for money to get transferred in MU’s account, so I have again asked the registrar,” Dr Singh said.

IDH was handed over to KGMU in May 2003 by the state government and it started functioning from May 2005. But with lack of medicines here treatment became difficult. Much hue and cry was made after which Rs 6 lakhs were released by the state. This was done on the basis of monthly expenditure of Rs 50,000 on medicines.

What ever be the bone of contention between CMO and the KGMU authorities patients coming to IDH have to suffer for want of medicines for a few more days.

First Published: Jan 09, 2006 01:08 IST