Health Minister V S Sivakumar on Sunday warned of stringent action against attempts to scuttle the government scheme to provide generic medicines free of cost to patients in government hospitals.
The DMO, Ernakulam, has been asked to investigate into the reports about patients being denied medicines at the General Hospital, Ernakulam, despite their availability in the godown.
Free distribution of medicines was started in the five Medical Colleges and three General Hospitals in Phase I.
Medical College principals had reported that the distribution in the Medical Colleges were progressing as per the plan.
The scheme can be made a success only in a phased manner, the Minister said. In six months, the government intends to extend the scheme to the level of the primary health centres. In all, 952 medicines are to be made available free.