Chhattisgarh: Multivitamin syrup worth Rs 1.2 cr dumped in warehouse since 2017; supply begins 2 days before expiry date

Bhilai: After dumping multivitamin syrups worth Rs 1.2 crore in the warehouse for 13 months, Chhattisgarh health officials have finally decided to supply the medicines to hospitals, just two days before their expiry date. The syrups, which will expire in February 2019, will be given to the patients under the Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana.

Purchased in September 2017, the medicines remained dumped in Chhattisgarh Medical Service Corporation (CGMSC) Durg Warehouse till January 2019.

Officials learnt about the syrup only in the second week of January. They planned to cover up their negligence and sent 2,000 to 25,000 bottles of syrup to various hospitals without considering the actual requirement at the respective hospital.

Quota fixed although there was no demand

Officials fixed the quota for supply of the syrup. While a quota to supply 25,000 bottles to each hospital of three blocks was fixed, the in-charges of nine urban health centres were asked to take 2,000 bottles each of the multivitamin syrup.

Over 2.5 lakh patients could have benefited from the syrup had it been supplied on time.

Even after the negligence was exposed, officials did not take corrective measures immediately. Not even a single bottle has been sent to urban health centre Baikunthdham despite requirement. Similarly, only 1,000 bottles were sent to urban health centre Khursipar.

With expiration date so near, the responsible officials of the warehouse are sending the syrup to hospitals without requirement.

‘Demand was sent only recently’

Durg Warehouse assistant manager Mahima Dubey said the hospitals had sent the demand only recently. She said the syrup was not sent earlier as there was no demand. It has now been sent to most of the hospitals, she said.

Hospitals send demand regularly: CMHO

On the other hand, Durg chief medical and health officer (CMHO) Dr Gambhir Singh Thakur said he received information about the multivitamin syrup lying in the warehouse only recently. He said the Chhattisgarh Medical Service Corporation (CGMSC) should have told on time about the syrups. He also denied CGMSC claim that hospitals had not sent the demand. He said demand is regularly sent by hospitals. Dr Thakur said the syrup would not be allowed to go waste as it can still be used.