Fire broke out at drug storage facility in Kollam | Photo: Sudheer Mohan/ Mathrubhumi
Thiruvananthapuram: Fire incidents at the medicine storage centres of the Kerala Medical Services Corporation reportedly resulted in the burning of bleaching powder, expired medicines, and surgical spirit. The estimated loss is around Rs 11.22 crore.
Following the incident, the corporation submitted an initial report to the health department. It was revealed that some drugs that had expired in 2014 and were awaiting disposal were among those burned in Thiruvananthapuram. Additionally, employees have claimed that due to the resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic, recently purchased medicines were also affected, including those nearing expiry date.
The ongoing investigation by the Lok Ayukta into the procurement of healthcare equipment at 'inflated prices' during the pandemic is reaching its final stages. The opposition has raised concerns that evidence of this investigation may have been destroyed in the fire. Officials have been instructed not to disclose information about the fire to the media.
Initially, the loss was estimated at Rs 7.18 crores in the Kollam warehouse. However, a more careful assessment suggests that the figure may reach Rs 10 crores. In Thiruvananthapuram, the estimated loss is Rs 1.22 crore.