In another directive that is bound to raise eyebrows, the Yogi Adityanath Government in Uttar Pradesh has made it mandatory for drug stores and medical professionals to submit details about those buying medicines for fever, cold and cough, on a daily basis.
The latest order seeks to trace any individual who might still be ignorant about the COVID-19 symptoms or deliberately trying to conceal the infection. The order was issued by the commissioner of Drug licensing and control authority and pharmacies and the drug inspectors have been instructed to update the information on the State’s Health and Family Welfare Department website, every day by 5 pm.
Information on the symptoms related to fever, cough and cold along with the information of the buyers including name, address, and phone number will be directly sent to the e-link of the Department of Health and Family welfare department.
Government sources say that the steps was initiated because despite all efforts by the government, a lot of people still have their reservations regarding the virus. Rather than reporting their illness, such patients use cold/cough medicines for domestic treatment that risks the lives of those around them. Authorities said the move is intended to plug the cases or prevent any community outbreak from happening.
-India Legal Bureau