Bandipora Traders exposed ‘drug scam’ in Bandipora

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Recovers Huge Quantity of expired drugs dumped in ANMT School Bandipora

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SUHAIL RATHER

Bandipora, July 20: In a bizarre incident, huge quantity of expired drugs were found dumped on the terrace of Ancillary Medical Training College (ANMT) in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Friday.
The members of Traders Federation Bandipora on Friday raided the building after getting leads about the presence of drugs in the school as the same drugs were being denied to patients in the hospital especially drugs meant for pregnant ladies.  The medical supply belong to J&K Medical Supplies Corporation Limited (JKMSCL) 
“We visited the place and found a variety of drugs openly in the second floor of ANMT School,” they said.
Iron tablets, Calcium Tablets and other important medicines which are costlier in markets were also recovered. “There were 10 different categories of medicines which were found,” Said Shamshad Ahmad, President Bandipora Traders Federation.
“It should have been given to patients but it is unfortunate to see the medicines being dumped while in DH Bandipora doctors force patients to buy the same drugs from open market”.
Earlier, medicines of worth lakhs belonging to government supply were recovered from a local medical shop in Bandipora. it is a big scam and the culprits should be exposed and booked,  demanded president traders federation Bandipora.
The locals expressed shock over the issue, saying that the people are being deprived of the medicines while as the officials in the department are doing such unfortunate things and selling the drugs in illegally in open market. He said the there is a nexus between the officials of Health Department and private pharmacists as at many occasion free medical supply was recovered from private Pharmacists.  “It is a crime  and should be seen like that, ” Said the locals demanding FIR against the culprits. “Such people are threat to the public safety and should be dealt with stringent laws so that no one dares to  do it again, ” Shamshad added.
However an official in Bandipora said that there was a bulk quantity of medicine supply in 2016-17 and whole quantity could not be supplied to the patients and hence the District Health authorities stored the expired medicine in ANMT school instead of returning it to the JKMSCL as per norms. 
Chief Medical Officer Bandipora Dr Tajamul said they have constituted a team of experts to inquiry the matter and  whosoever be found guilty will be dealt according to law.  

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