Rajasthan Government asks Pharmacists not to sell Cough, Cold and Fever medicines without Doctor’s Prescription

Rajasthan Government on Monday directed all the medical shop owners in the state to not sell the medicines of cold, cough and fever to people without a written prescription from a doctor.

The pharmacists are asked to note down the name, address and phone number of patients who come to buy medicines for fever, cough and cold and inform the in-charge of the nearest health centre.

Since the symptoms of COVID-19 are same as that of the normal flu or Swine Flu, the patients or their caretaker are buying the medicines for these symptoms over the counter without consulting the doctor.

It was observed the people with COVID-19 like symptoms are avoiding getting tested for the virus.

Besides, to keep a track of the spread of COVID-19, other states in the country have also issued advisories asking medical shop owners and chemists to keep a track of all the cough/cold/flu medicines sold.

States like Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Orrisa, Maharashtra & parts of Bihar have issued advisories to medical shops and chemists to keep a record of people who buy cough, cold or fever medicine. These shop owners in these states also have also been asked to record the address, name & phone number of people to come to buy medicines for the said symptoms.

The authorities are planning to collect the list daily to trace people and subsequently test them for COVID-19, the report said.


Udaipur Administration issues directives for COVID-19

Under the Rajasthan Lockdown, Udaipur City Collector Anandhi issued directives to take necessary measures to check the outbreak of coronavirus.

Talking to the media, the collector said the administration ensures the supply of essential products and services including food, medical shops, ration shops, banks, police stations, hospitals etc. However, the other non-essential services businesses and services will remain suspended till 31 March.

Through Sahkari Upbhokta Bhandar, the city administration has arranged for 10 thousand food packets to be distributed to needy people in case of any emergency. An advance lift of ration items under the PDS scheme would also be made to ensure that there is no shortage of edible items.

The collector ensured to develop modalities to manage the supply of essential goods and services during the lockdown period. A helpline and control room would be set up soon for the people in case of emergencies.

Besides, the administration has made a 14 days institutional quarantine and 14 days home quarantine for those who have returned from sensitive countries. The collector has also issued instructions of home quarantine for those who have come to Udaipur including Maharashtra, Punjab, Bhilwara, Jhunjunu and other affected cities of India.

The administration will stamp their hand with “Proud to Protect Rajasthan Home Quarantine Till Date”.

The local public and neighbours can monitor such people and inform the administration.

There have been no positive cases reported in Udaipur so far.

Only limited vehicles carrying patients to hospitals would be permitted on the roads. However, all public and private transport services would remain suspended during the lockdown.

Moreover, vegetable vendors would be going door to door in colonies for vegetable supplies to avoid rush and gatherings in vegetable markets.

Although the banking services are operational during the lockdown, the administration has appealed to people to visit bank only in case of urgent and necessary bank-related work.

During the lockdown, till 31st March, SP Kailash Chandra Bishnoi has implemented Section 144 in which not more than 5 people are permitted to assemble at public places. The SP and the administration have also appealed to people to stay away from rumours on social media and not to spread them further.

The police will trace and arrest people who are spreading false news.

Services operational during the lockdown:

  • Medica and Health services
  • Medical College and Education
  • Ayurvedic College and institutions
  • Home Services (Police, Jail, Home Guard, FSL)
  • Finance Department
  • Personnel Department
  • District Administration departments
  • Electricity and Power department
  • Water (Public Health Department)
  • Autonomous administrative bodies (Udaipur Municipal Corporation)
  • Food and Civil Supplies Department
  • Disaster Management and Support
  • Panchayati Raj
  • Department of Information and Technology
  • Department of Public Relations
  • Department of Transport
  • General Administration
  • State Motor Garage Department
  • Legal Department

Public entry into all these departments will be forbidden and restricted entry will be permitted.