Ranchi, Jan. 23: A governing body pep pill has had no effect on Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), which remains insouciant as far as listing free medicines for patients is concerned.
A January 18 meeting — attended by health minister Hemlal Murmu, health secretary A.K. Basu and South Chotanagpur commissioner Sheela Kisku Rapaz among others — had directed the RIMS authorities to display lists of free medicines available for patients at different wards so that the poor could benefit.
However, not a single display board could be spotted at any of the wards in the four-storey building and attendants were seen purchasing medicines from drug stores outside the hospital premises.
Krishnanand Mishra, who has come all the way from Rejo village in Garhwa's Meral block to see friend Heera Baitha in the ICU, corroborated the fact that there was no such list on display. "I had heard that there would be a board listing medicines available for free, but found none in the ICU or anywhere else. Forget medicines, I saw no doctor attending to my friend, while nurses were very rude," Mishra said, expressing concern over management at RIMS.
A nurse at the surgical ward conceded that it was not practically possible to display names of all medicines and their availability status.
"There are only two nurses in this ward and a lot of work to be done. In such a situation, it is difficult for us to list more than 100 medicines," she said.
Not willing to be named, she also added that listing free medicines might trigger a mad scramble and the quantity provided by the hospital administration was limited. "If we fail to provide to all patients, who are mostly poor, there will be ruckus," she said.
Director of RIMS Tulsi Mahto, however, played down the issue. He said lists of medicines would be put up soon. "We have started working in that direction after the governing body directive on January 18," he said.
In the first phase, the RIMS management plans medicine display boards in all the four intensive care units. The same will gradually be done at all the 23 wards, Mahto added.
The governing body had prodded display of lists after it came to know that the state-run premier health institute did not provide free medicines to the poor despite provision for the same.
Other decisions taken at the crucial meeting included outsourcing of catering services, appointment of an advocates' panel, provision for separate departments for TB, chest, psychiatry and paediatric surgery, upgrade of neurosurgery operating theatre and extension of contract of the existing security agency.source-telegraphindia.com