A Forest of Drugs: Nahanipada’s Hazardous Healthcare

In a country as vast as India, it is not an easy undertaking to provide proper healthcare to all. Delays and hiccoughs in the system could be well excused. But the blatant disregard, amounting to disrespect, for people’s wellbeing displayed by certain medical personnel in the Sundergarh district of Odisha is downright shocking. While the impecunious residents of Nahanipada block battle with pauperising bills from private chemists, truckloads of perfectly good, government supplied medicines are dumped in their neighbourhood forest by hospital authorities. With one appalling blow, these unscrupulous officials deny the impoverished locals their legal right to free healthcare while also jeopardising their lives through a careless disposal of potentially lethal drugs. IndiaUnheard Community Correspondent, Purnachandra Nayak, reports on the issue and appeals for support from viewers. Please do contact the Chief District Medical Officer, Mr. Ratnakar Choudhury, on his mobile number 09438529339 to help redress the many wrongs heaped on these poor villagers.

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