Medical store to be opened at K.C. General Hospital

Special Correspondent

Similar stores will be set up at all major district hospitals: Health Minister

A list of drugs available at the store will be displayed at the notice board Uniform prescription pad in government health centres planned Nodal agency set up to control the spread of `rat fever' in Pavagada taluk

BANGALORE: A well-stocked medical store will be opened soon at K.C. General Hospital at Malleswaram for the benefit of patients, Minister for Health R. Ashok has said.

Addressing presspersons after the executive committee meeting of the BJP Yuva Morcha at the Legislators' Home here on Saturday, he said the store would be set up for the convenience of patients receiving treatment there.

A list of drugs and medicines available at the store would also be displayed at the notice board of the hospital. Similar medical stores would be set up in all major district hospitals in the State in a phased manner, he said.

Stating that there were many loopholes in the present system of supply of drugs, Mr. Ashok said the system would be streamlined to ensure adequate availability of medicines in all major hospitals and health centres, including primary health centres.

A uniform prescription pad will be introduced in government health centres and hospitals to check misuse of drugs, he said.

On dengue fever, Mr. Ashok said it had spread widely in Bidar, Bellary, Raichur and Tumkur districts. About 3,000 people had been affected by it in Pavagada (Tumkur district) alone. The department had released Rs. 1 lakh as a special grant to these districts to control the disease. A nodal agency had been set up to control the spread of "rat fever" in Pavagada taluk. A committee headed by a District Health Officer had also been constituted. Ten more doctors had been posted at the Pavagada health centre. No fresh cases of cholera had been reported in Bangalore. The Bangalore Mahanagara Palike and the Health Department were monitoring the situation on a daily basis, he said.

BJP General Secretary and MP H.N. Ananth Kumar called upon the morcha leaders to fight the policies of the United Progressive Alliance Government at the Centre.

Minister for Small-scale Industry and Sericulture Katta Subramanya Naidu and Minister for Science and Technology Ramachandra Gowda were present.