The Union Health Minister J P Nadda had inaugurated the outlet that aims at providing drugs for cancer and cardiovascular diseases at affordable prices.
Chandigarh: Tuesday remained a day of harassment for many indoor and outdoor visitors visiting the PGIMER because the Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment (AMRIT) outlet inside the Nehru Block remained closed.
Since morning, the outlet remained locked, with a long queue of the visitors waiting for the outlet to open. Meanwhile, many of the staff members working at AMRIT and the generic pharmacy were also seen waiting outside the outlet.
When asked why the outlet was closed, most of them said that their seniors did not even talk with them before closing the outlet. “Like our daily routine, we came to the outlet but our seniors didn’t even give us any prior information or the reason asked all of us to leave the outlet and directed the security guard to close the shop, informing every visitor that we are on strike, added a member of AMRIT Generic Pharmacy, PGI.
Every day the outlet caters to about 1,000 visitors who especially visit the outlet o buy cheap medicines, but on Tuesday many were returned, added the outlet’s staff member, who did not want to be named.
When the visitors were told that the store would remain closed, then most of them said that they especially visited the store to buy cheap medicines, but now they were being forced to buy medicines at higher prices just because the store was closed.
“My father is admitted in liver ICU, every day medicines are needed for his treatment, being cheap and discounted medicine shop, I buy medicines from here but today I had no option but to buy medicine from the chemist shop outside the hospital. I also visited another AMRIT outlet in a cardiac centre but the shop didn’t have the medicine, added Sanjeev Malhotra.
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