Indore: Tall claims of the State Government to provide free medicines to patients at government hospitals has been proved ineffective just a day after the inauguration of ambitious programme, “ Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Free Medicine Distribution Scheme.” District in- charge minister Gopal Bhargav inaugurated the scheme at District and M Hospitals on Saturday. On the occasion, the minister said that the state government was committed to provide better health services to the people especially the poor ones. But, the condition in M hospital tells a different story where patients and their kin have to wander for the medicines.

While addressing the programme, Joint Director ( Health) Dr Sharad Pandit had claimed that 503 generic medicines would be made available to patients round the clock but the patients got medicines only during the ceremony and after which the centre has been closed and will open on Monday. According to sources, the doctors informed the staff that the scheme would begin from Monday although it was inaugurated on Saturday.

Patients of Deendayal Antyoday Upchar ojana also bought medicines from the stores outside the hospital as they are not getting the medicines in the hospital and staff always claims for the budget. Many poor patients, who came to hospital after listening to the claims of the government and administration on various schemes, could be seen begging in the hospital for buying the medicines.

One Jawan Singh of Khargone said that his wife Rali Bai has been admitted in the hospital for the past 15 days, suffering from breast cancer. He said that although he has a Deendayal Scheme card but he is not getting any medicines from the hospital. He further said that he had bought the medicines of Rs 2500 because he couldn’t leave his wife dependent on the claims of administration. Singhram Darwai of Siwariya village said that his son Shravan ( 13) had been operated for problems in his backbone and he is buying the medicines only from outside. He said that he tried to get the medicines from the newly open centre for free medicine distribution but it was closed just after the inauguration and staff said that it will open on Monday.

Rs 87 lakh to MH for scheme

The State Government has sanctioned Rs 87 lakh for MH under the newly launched free medicine distribution scheme. It is to be noted that the Hospital has overhead of Rs 1.5 crore and sources said that the hospital has required Rs 3 crore for smooth flow of the schemes including payment of overheads and for new purchases. Sources said that the sanctioned amount is very less and it couldn’t even fulfill the demands of the hospital for a month or two.

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