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Scarcity of life saving drugs hits Manipur
Govt to compensate for loss of truck loads of medicines burnt down

Source: Hueiyen News Service

Imphal, September 20 2011: With the burning down of two medicine laden trucks by blockade supporters, ferrying in life saving drugs have come to a complete halt and people in the state faces the dim prospect of acute shortage of these drugs.

Meanwhile, the state government has decided to provide compensation to the ill feted two trucks carrying medicines which were burnt down by blockade supporters on September 15 on NH 53 at Oinamlong village.

The decision was taken at a meeting held today at the office chamber of the Health Minister, L Jayentakumar.

The meeting was attended by the Chief Secretary, DS Poonia, Health Commissioner and the members of the Manipur Chemist and Druggist Association (MCDA) .

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Ratankumar, Secretary, MCDA said that the government has assured to provide compensation for the burnt down medicine laden trucks.

They are going to discuss it in the cabinet meeting.

However, MCDA has made it clear that the government not to delay in paying compensation for the loss.

MCDA has given the government three days time, said Ratankumar.

He further said that those involved in the heinous crime should be given befitting punishment by the concerned authority.

The burning down of the medicine laden trucks inspite of repeated request from the MCDA is totally unacceptable.

An FIR has not been able to lodge to the concern police station saying that the there are no officer in the post.

MCDA have also went to the City police station to lodge an FIR regarding the burning down of the medicine laden goods, but they also denied saying that the area does not fall under their jurisdiction.

Meanwhile, sources from the Manipur Chemist and Druggist Association revealed that the condition of the state in relation to the availability of life saving drugs has worsened with the burning down of the two medicine laden trucks by the blockade supporters recently.

Life saving drugs has dried up in the state.

Apart from this, most of the medicines widely prescribed by the doctors of the state have considerably gone down.


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