Hyderabad: Directions have been issued to all the pharmacies and pharmaceutical associations across the city to maintain record of persons buying drugs for fever, cold and cough. The move has been adopted keeping in mind that several symptomatic people are not coming forward to get tested for Covid-19.
The department of municipal corporation has been asked by all the additional collectors, municipal commissioners, zonal commissioners and deputy municipal commissioner to conduct a meeting with pharmacies and their association.
“The medical shop owners have to keep record the name, phone number and address of those who come to buy medicines for ailments such as fever, cold and cough. The shop owners should also handover the list to the respective commissioners. In the suspected cases, tests should be done. The medical shop owners should also enlighten the people coming to buy medicines on the Covid 19 and how it will benefit if the tests are done,” said Municipal administration principal secretary Arvind Kumar.
“Due to some level of hesitation and perceived social stigma, many people suffering from fever, cough, cold and other symptoms similar to Covid 19 are taking medicines on their own,” a senior official of the municipal administration said.
According to officials, this is an important step in identifying cases and preventing further spread.