After the menace due to the selling of poisonous drugs in the Jammu & Kashmir state, the Legislation Committee reviewed the functioning of the Health and Medical Education Department in the state.
Chairing the meeting, Javaid Hassan Beigh told the Controller of Drug and Food Control Organization to submit a comprehensive report on the number of drug samples lifted by the organization from various areas of the state for testing within three days.
"The government must act tough to break the nexus between the medicos and the substandard pharmaceutical companies which are playing with the lives of innocent people. A mechanism should be put in place for rationalization of drug prices, especially the vaccines, to prevent common people from being fleeced by the "greedy" pharmaceutical companies," said Javaid Hassan Beigh.
The Committee also sought an update from the Government on establishment of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Super Speciality Hospital in Srinagar and setting up of new Medical Colleges in the State.
"Threadbare discussions were also held on the shortage of medical and paramedical staffs in far-flung areas, dumping of solid waste and construction of new hospital buildings in the State," said the sources.
The Committee was informed that the Government is in the process of constituting Village Level Monitoring Committees to ensure effective delivery of health care facilities to the common people. They were also informed about the 1,000 vacancies of doctors and 4,000 vacancies of paramedics being filled on fast-track basis by the government.