Bitter pill: RIMS in Ranchi
Over 80 per cent of the expensive medicines procured for the 34th National Games are inching towards their expiry dates in a storeroom at the mega sports complex in Ranchi thanks to official apathy.
For, more than a month after National Games Organising Committee decided to donate the medicines worth over Rs 30 lakh to Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, no one from RIMS has had the time to come and inspect the stock as promised.
NGOC treasurer Madhukant Pathak sent a list of the medicines to RIMS director Tulsi Mahto on August 16.
On his part, Mahto had promised that two doctors would inspect the stock and prepare an inventory of usable medicines within a few days, which would then be “donated” to RIMS.
Now, more than a month after the letters were exchanged, the medicines continue to be in the storeroom of the main athletics stadium at the mega sports complex.
When questioned, Pathak said he was yet to hear from the RIMS authorities. “No one from RIMS has come to me yet to ask for the keys to the stock room where the medicines are kept,” he said.
But, Mahto claimed he had asked two doctors to inspect the stock and take charge of the medicines, though he admitted not following up with them. “If no steps have been taken as yet, I will ask them to act soon,” he promised.
Mahto added that RIMS was yet to get a cardiac ambulance promised by the NGOC. “We were told the RIMS would get one cardiac ambulance but we are yet to get it. I have also requested officials to give us any surplus sports equipment for the use of our students. The number of students has increased of late but our funds have not, especially for sports equipment. If needed, I am willing to send a reminder too,” he said.
The unused medicines include Tetglob 250 injections, which cost Rs 895 per vial. Of the 200 vials purchased, only 50 were used. Similarly, 20 vials of Streptokinase 15lac, injected in case of cardiac problems, were bought for Rs 1,600 per vial. The latter requires proper storage at a specified temperature to maintain the its effectiveness.
Also lying unused are thousands of paracetemol tablets of various potencies as well as muscle relaxant Thiocolchicoside 8, which costs Rs 169 per tablet.