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Puducherry: There were complaints of shortage of medicine in Puducherry Jipmar Hospital. In this case, Puducherry Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan personally inspected Jipmar Hospital. Legislative Assembly Speaker Selvam, Minister Sai J. Saravanankumar and others were present during the inspection.
During the inspection, Tamilisai heard about the news that there is a shortage of medicines in Jipmar Hospital, the methods of treating patients in Jipmar Hospital and the infrastructure facilities that have been established for it. The meeting was held for about 2 hours. Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan told reporters after the meeting:
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“On the basis of reports that there is a shortage of medicines in Puducherry Jipmar, we have come here to investigate and hold an emergency meeting. For us, people are the first beneficiaries. Officers and doctors are secondary.
Puducherry JIPMER provides various medical services to the public. Especially last year 2 lakh 47 thousand people came as outpatients and received treatment. Out of this, 1.70 lakh people are from Tamil Nadu. 60 thousand people are from Puducherry. The remaining 10,000 are from other states. They said that in Jipmar no outpatients ask to go out and buy medicine, everyone is given free medicine here. People below poverty line are treated free as inpatients.
However, we advised not to ask anyone to go out and buy medicine. There is a discount drug store here. It has been advised to open additional counters to avoid crowding there. I urged the relatives of the inpatients to arrange free accommodation here. Also, I urged to set up information center about treatment status. After the coming and going of the Union Health Minister, treatment under the Prime Minister’s Insurance Scheme continues without a hitch.
In this scheme, 150 people in Puducherry have been treated last month alone. Now, new medical equipment has been procured here at a cost of Rs 40 crore by the central government. We have advised that everything should be available free of cost in Zipmar and people should not wander for medicines.
We had signed a contract to renovate the Jipmar branch at Karaikal for Rs.30 crore. But now we have changed to build a new building. Currently there is no shortage of medicine. The doctors said that they gave the prescription because there were only a few medicines. We have requested that it should not be done.”
Reporters then questioned that there was no paracetamol tablet for fever in Zipmar. The governor first denied that there was no such thing and then called the director and asked, “It was a mistake not even to have paracetamol. That has also been rectified now. We have ensured that such a mistake will not happen again. As we are concerned about the public, we have personally inspected and taken action here. We are insisting to rectify the grievances.” he said.
Following this, Governor Tamilisai heard the grievances of the patients at Jipmar Hospital. He also inspected the pharmacies there and asked the staff working there about the availability of medicines. Then he left from there. Earlier, Jibmar Director Rakesh Aggarwal held a review meeting with doctors and other officials.