Probe begins into pilferage of hospital supplies in Bandipora

Two separate inquiries have been ordered by Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) and directorate of health services Kashmir (DHSK) to probe the alleged pilferage of hospital supply into the market in Bandipora.

According to an official in the drug and food control department, a team of the department inspected a chemist shop in Ajas Bandipora and retrieved medicines with government hospital labels on it. The stock of the medicines was seized, the official said, and proceedings started in the case.

Deputy controller drugs, Irfana Ahmed, said that the case was being investigated and refused to comment on the quantity or details of the stock seized. “We are investigating the matter and would compile a report in a couple of days,” she said.

According to a source in the health department, the medicine stock belonged to a health centre in Hajin Block, under the dual administrative control of SKIMS and DHSK. The shop, the source said, belonged to a DHSK employee working in the health centre. The medicines seized included drugs supplied by JK medical supplies corporation (JKMSC) and SKIMS.

Both the departments have ordered inquiries into the case.

Medical superintendent SKIMS, Dr Farooq Jan, said the medicines were not part of SKIMS drug store supply but of community health department having an outreach service in Hajin. “We have already ordered a detailed inquiry into the matter,” he said.

Dr Tajammul Hussain, chief medical officer Bandipora, said the health department was collecting all details. “In a week, a report will be ready and then we will be in a position to comment on the matter,” he said. He added that the accused employee has been attached to block medical office Hajin till completion of inquiry.