JORABAT, Oct 26 - A three-member team formed by the State Health Department to investigate the incident of burning down of medicines at the Tamulikuchi State Treatment Centre, located at 13th Mile, Tamulikuchi, Byrnihat, Kamrup (Metro), started its preliminary investigation this morning.
The team, headed by Dr Arun Kumar Baruah, in-charge medical officer of the Sonapur District Civil Hospital, which also included Dr MD Nath, District TB Officer, Kamrup (Metro), assured that the incident will be thoroughly investigated and anyone found guilty would be severely punished according to the rule of law.
People living near the centre allege that medicines, especially those meant for treatment of tuberculosis (TB), were being burnt down arbitrarily by the authorities of the centre, despite the fact that these medicines still had validity. It is inexplicable as to why the authorities of the centre resorted to destroying such medicines at a time when these drugs are beyond the reach of common people in many areas of Assam, the locals allege.
Attempts by mediapersons to gather information from the centre authorities today proved futile, as the latter refused to share any detail with them, and, in fact, the Senior Treatment Supervisor of the TB Department, Mukul Deka, went to the extent of misbehaving with this correspondent, and also said it is up to the doctors what decision they take on such matters.
The locals also allege that the Tamulikuchi State Treatment Centre, the condition of which is quite pathetic, remains closed on Sundays too, although it is clearly mentioned in the Citizens Charter, installed outside the centre, that 24x7 service is provided there.
Meanwhile, several organisations, including the Dimoria unit of the All Assam Students� Union (AASU) and Jorabat Nava Yuva Mancha, today condemned the burning down of medicines and demanded punishment to the persons involved in it.