- Manufactured by a Madhya Pradesh-based company, the medicine had been procured by a purchase committee headed by director ISM
Srinagar: A medicine laced with cow urine was dispensed at the health centres run by the directorate of Indian System of Medicine in the Valley, a Kashmir Reader investigation has found.
The medicine Sanjeewani Vati, prescribed for fever and intestinal ailments, was withdrawn from about 400 government dispensaries in the state after Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani told the media that such medicines were being distributed at government centres, a senior ISM officer told Kashmir Reader on condition of anonymity.
Health minister Lal Singh had denied Geelani’s statement as “misleading”.
A sample of the medicine accessed by Kashmir Reader clearly mentions that it was specifically meant for J&K ISM.
The contents table on the plastic tablet box, as also on the leaflet that comes with it, says that it contains 12.5mg each of 10 herbs and ‘gomutra (cow urine) as required’.
“The medicine was purchased by a purchasing committee of which doctors from Kashmir and Jammu are members. That drug was purchased especially when the annual Amarnath Yatra commenced,” the officer said.
The medicine is manufactured by Madhya Pradesh-based Jamna Pharmaceuticals. An executive of the company told Kashmir Reader over phone from Bhopal that Sanjeewani Vati contains cow urine and effectively cures fever.
Another senior ISM doctor, who spoke to Kashmir Reader on the condition of anonymity, said the drug was dispensed free of cost especially during medical camps in villages and border areas. The doctor said director ISM-led purchasing committee was responsible for procuring the drug.
The issue of the free distribution of cow urine-laced medicines arose amid the raging controversy over the demand for abrogation of a law making slaughter of bovine animals in the Muslim-majority state a punishable offence.
Director ISM did not respond to Kashmir Reader correspondent’s calls, while health minister Lal Singh said he was busy.