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If you are planning to visit Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) for treatment, chances are that you may have to return empty-handed from the medicine counter.Medicines for heart, eye or gynaecological ailments, among several others are hardly available in the stores. Patients are often told to procure it from outside stores. 

The only medicines available here are the ones that one is likely to find in every household. These include paracetamol, dilona, cetrizene, etc. The patients, mostly coming from poor households, are forced to spend hefty amounts in purchasing medicines from private stores. A government hospital should ensure that medicines are available to patients free of cost, instead of making the situation worse for them. 

A patient who was returned from the medicine counter said, "There were six to seven medicines for heart problems. I knew that medicines are hardly available here but I went in the hope that I may get it this time. But I was proved wrong. All that they had were medicines for mild fever, cough and running nose, which are available everywhere. I will now have to get these medicines from outside, which will cost me more than Rs 1000." 

Another patient echoed similar sentiments. He said, "I came here in search of medicines for my eyes but not a single medicine is available here, not even eye drops." 

Ajay Kumar Singh, former vice president, Indian Medical Association (IMA) said, "There are enough funds with RIMS which should be disbursed for medicines. People sitting at the counters have a callous attitude towards the patients seeking medicines." He added many politicians who are in need of medical help prefer going to other metro cities for treatment. "There should be a will to upgrade the medical system here so that nobody is forced to go outside and all the medical facilities are available here," said Singh. 

S K Chaudhary, the medical superintendent at RIMS, cited the problem of fulfilling the formalities of tenders as the reason behind non-availability of medicines. "All the departments submit the list of required medicines after which the tender process starts. This happens once a year. At times, there are some companies which make only one kind of medicine, which is why they do not qualify for bidding. These are the problems we are facing owing to which medicines are not available in the counters," said Chaudhary. source-timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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