A huge stash of life-saving medicines, meant to be provided to the patients free of cost, was found dumped on Bhangapadar main road under Lanjigarh block in Kalahandi district on Wednesday.
Locals spotted iron tablets, syrups and many other life-saving medicines dumped on the road and alleged carelessness and lackadaisical attitude of the medical authorities.
Some locals suspect that the medicines are from the local Community Health Centre (CHC); however, it is yet to be confirmed. Importantly, apart from a few of the dumped drugs, the expiration date of most of the medicines is yet to be passed.
Such a practice of dumping medicines worth lakhs of rupees has raised serious concerns over the healthcare services in Kalahandi district.
Meanwhile, locals have demanded stringent action against those responsible for the same. “At a time when poor people are not getting free medicines, we wonder why the medicines were dumped,” said a local resident.
“The expired medicines could have been returned to the manufacturer. We demand an inquiry and strict action against those responsible for wasting the costly medicines and people's money,” he said.
On the other hand, the Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO) Pratap Kumar Behera assured that a probe will be ordered into the incident soon.
“We have questioned a few officials of the department about the incident. We will also quiz more officials and a departmental investigation into the incident will be launched soon,” said Behera.
(Edited by Pradeep Singh)