Chandigarh: Residents of Sanjay Colony industrial area phase I are being forced to buy medicines from chemist shops rather than from dispensary which is supposed to give them free medicine. The fact came to light when Daily Post correspondent visited the said dispensary and found that patients are either being given poor quality of medicine or are being asked to buy them from outside.
“Whenever we visit dispensary, after getting medical advice from doctor, we are told to purchase medicine from nearby chemist shops. When we question if we can buy the medicines from dispensary only, the staff bluntly refuse us , saying they are out of stock,” says Ram krishan, resident of Sanjay Colony. Ramkrishan has been suffering from fever for past three days and viisited the lone civil dispensary for a medical checkup.
Like Ramkrishan, hundreds of other residents who visit dispensary on a daily basis face the same problem. Patients are forced to pay extra due to insufficient medical stock whereas same medicine would not have cost them single penny if provided at civil dispensary.
“Though the dispensary has a proper and regular staff, a qualified doctor is always sitting there whenever we go, but when it comes to getting medicines, we feel really bad that we have to spend extra bucks. As a result many times we have to go to GMSH-16,” says Prem Lata another resident from Sanjay Colony.
The staff showed their ignorance about insufficient medicinal stock and claimed that dispensary has all the medicines that are provided free of cost. The staff admitted that on some occasions patients visiting the dispensary are asked to buy medicines from outside.
“From a long time we have been requesting Chandigarh Administration, to visit the dispensary and check the status of stock. The dispensary gives bad quality of medicines, which are of no use to patients,” said Shashi Shankar Tiwari, General Secretary, Chandigarh congress committee.
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