Malkangiri: As the state reels from the coronavirus pandemic, reports of moldy drugs available at Malkangiri District Headquarters Hospital (DHH) have surfaced.
The case came to light after a Kalidasi Mandal from the MV-7 village went to the hospital with her sister after complaining of severe chest pain and cough. The doctor ordered her to take Doxycycline medication after a test.
The patient later bought drugs from the hospital, but her condition deteriorated after consuming them. Subsequently, her sister Minarani checked and spotted any mold / fungus that had grown on the drug.
Following this, Minarani arrived at the hospital and met the doctor who advised her to replace the medicine pack. However, she found that all of the packages contained moldy medicine.
She immediately met with ADMO Siba Prasad Maharana who also checked the medicine packages and found that all of them had developed mold / fungus while the expiration date was still a year away.
Health Minister Naba Kishore Das, who had visited the district to review arrangements ahead of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s scheduled visit, assured that action in this regard would be taken in accordance with the law.