JAMMU, Feb 21: A deputation of Consumers Welfare Association (CWA) met Commissioner/ Secretary Health & Medical Education, Dr MK Bhandari, to discuss various Health and Food Safety issues and apprised him of problems being faced by the consumers.
CWA members informed him how the unregistered food joints like Raries, Dhabas and road side cooking joints are playing with life consumers by catering unclean and unhygienic food without adopting any Food Safety provisions as laid down in Food Safety and Standard Act, particularly in Jammu urban area without any quality check by Food Safety Wing and requested him to direct the concerned to regularly conduct inspections and quality check of all food items including milk and milk products as per the standard procedure.
The members impressed to make the checking more effective for which, they said, well equipped testing laboratories including mobile laboratories need be provided to the concerned agencies.
The other pressing issues discussed were relating to the registration of Nursing Homes /private clinics as well as pathological labs, periodical inspections and streamlining of rate structure for these private health service providers, actual rates of medicines vis-a-vis their MRP and
provision of free medicine and other medical requirements in emergency wards of Government hospitals.
The Commissioner/ Secretary was in agreement with the issues raised by CWA. He gave on spot instructions to the concerned authorities for immediate time bound action against defaulters and assured that every effort will be made to book the culprits who are playing with the health of common consumers and fleecing them with exorbitant charges.
Those who participated in the meeting included Controller, Drugs and Food Safety and Standards, Director, Health Services and other senior officers of both the departments. CWA was represented by Vikram Gour (president), Ashok Kaul (general secretary), Chander Gulati and BM Kohli.