ESIC dispensaries, hospitals lack medicines: Tiwari

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Jan 2019 09:52:29


Staff Reporter,

Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) hospitals do not have adequate medicines for the patients, alleged S P Tiwari, member of ESIC corporation while taking round to Pachpaoli and Bagadganj dispensaries of ESIC on Wednesday.
Tiwari, who is also a National General Secretary of Trade Union Coordination Centre (TUCC), was in city to take stock of medicines supplies to the ESIC hospital and dispensaries in Nagpur said, it is the responsibility of the State Government to supply medicines to the ESIC hospitals and dispensaries in the State. The Government has appointed Haffkine Institute to supply medicines in the hospitals. However, it seems that only 20 per cent medicines provided to the dispensaries. Therefore, patients did not get any medicines from the dispensaries and they have to purchased from the local market.

Tiwari said, Maharashtra has around 43 lakh beneficiaries under this scheme. The State has three ESIC hospitals and eight state run hospitals. Nagpur alone has four lakh beneficiaries. The city has 14 dispensaries and one state run hospital. Earlier also he had visited some dispensaries. He will lodge complaint of lack of medicines with Central Government and Regional Director of ESIC. He will meet Labourer Minister and Health Minister of State. He also said that Central Government has been providing Rs 1400 crore annually to Maharashtra for improvement in medical facilities, however, the State Government has spending only Rs 350 crore per annum. Sanjay Katamwar, State convenor of TUCC, Ajay Yadav, City President and Gyaneshwar Gurav, social activist were present.