District Hospital Anantnag Violates Health Department’s Order

Anantnag—Some three months back, Director Health Services Kashmir on his visit to District hospital Mirza Mohammad Afzal Beigh Hospital Anantnag (MMABHA), gave an order to hospital administration asking all the doctors to put a seal on the prescriptions they give to the patients. All this was aimed of to put a check on the substandard medicines being prescribed by the doctors. It would have also been helpful in checking the intelligence of the doctors in treating the patients. The doctors were also asked to provide the prescription in clean handwriting, so that even anyone can read the name of a medicine mentioned in the prescription, says a senior doctor.

According to the order, “As directed by Commissioner Secretary Health and Director Health Services Kashmir during their visit to District hospital Anantnag on 26th of July, every Prescription should carry stamp of the prescribing doctor, as such you are asked to make your personnel stamps with Name, Designation, Registration Number and place of posting of the doctor”, as per the order number EST/DHA/17. The copy of this order was forwarded to Commissioner Secretary Health, director Health Services Kashmir, DDC Anantnag, CMO Anantnag and all the doctors of District hospital Anantnag for information and compliance.

However, according to insider almost none of the doctors in the hospital is complying by the order since more than three months had passed.

This order was first issued in SKIMS Soura and it would have severely affected the sale of sub-standard medicines and would also make all the doctors answerable if there would have been any complicacy to the patient. But the pharma companies selling these spurious medicines have flooded the markets with the gifts in cash and kind meant for the doctors recommending their medicines”, says an insider in the district hospital Anantnag.

Talking to Kashmir observer a patient (name with held) said that I had to visit several pharmacies at Janglat Mandi in order to get the medicine but no one was able to read it. The prescription was written in such a sloppy handwriting, that it did not look like an English language in anyway”, said a patient.

Meanwhile when contacted to the Chief Medical Officer Anantnag, Dr Fazil Ali Kochak, said that, “We have issued clear cut directions to all the doctors in the entire district to follow the directive of putting personal stamp on the prescriptions. The doctors have been abiding by it but whosoever found guilty and not following this order, the action will be taken against them”, he added.

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