Budgam: Residents of several Budgam villages are alleging that they were provided nearly expired medicines by Health department during medical camps few days back.
The free medicines were distributed at medical camps held under the banner of Prime Minister’s national initiative -Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (Village Self Governance Campaign).
The camp was held by Block Medical Officer (BMO) Budgam in several villages like Haknipora, Ichgam, Parisabad, Sholipora and Choon.
Sources from the health department said that hundreds of women were screened in the medical camps and were given medicines (tablets and syrups) with expiry date of April (ending) 2018.
They said that each person was provided around 80-100 tablets and syrups that were on the verge of expiry. Villagers said that they were told by medical officers (who were part of medical camp) to take one tablet and a spoon of syrup daily.
“If for instance we take one tablet of Folic acid on daily basis it will take almost three months to finish the strips. But the irony is that the drugs have the expiry date of April,” they said.
In Haknipora village, and adjoining areas, the womenfolk were given the medicine on April 21.
“We are illiterate and ignorant people. We came to know when our literate youths informed us and warned us not to consume these medicines,” a woman who received the medicine said. “Our ignorance is our weakness, hence we became a soft target of government and Health officials.”
Block Medical Officer Budgam, Manzoorai Ahmad Hakeem, however, refuted