A total of 147 medicine samples collected from various government hospitals across Madhya Pradesh in last two years were found to be of sub-standard quality, prompting the opposition Congress to demand a CBI probe into their distribution.
"A total of 3255 samples were collected from July 1, 2012 to May 31, 2014 (from various hospitals), and their quality was examined by a state-level laboratory. Out of them, 147 samples were found sub-standard," state Health and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narottam Mishra said in a release yesterday.
Mishra also said that samples of only two types of medicine were given under the state government's Free Medicine Distribution Scheme, "which is just 0.5 per cent and is quite less than the national average of 3-5 per cent." Meanwhile, the Leader of Opposition in Madhya Pradesh Assembly, Satyadev Katare today sought a CBI probe into the distribution of "sub-standard" medicines.
"A total of 147 sub-standard medicines were being distributed in hospitals across the state and the same should be banned immediately," he told reporters here. Katare said that a probe by the central agency would reveal who were responsible for distribution of the samples and why such drugs were supplied to hospitals. "Those behind it should be punished," he added.