BHUBANESWAR: At a time when the government is advising people to use traditional therapies like yoga and pranayam for management of post-Covid complications and herbal drugs as immunity boosters, ayurvedic drugs worth over Rs 8.56 crore purchased last year are lying unused at AYUSH dispensaries in the State.
The reason, AYUSH doctors have been engaged in Covid duty and the dispensaries manned by them are either shut or managed by pharmacists. The drugs are now waiting to expire due to lack of timely decision on distribution by the AYUSH directorate.
Sources said more than 40 varieties of ayurvedic drugs, including sanjibani bati, anu taila, laxmi vilas and triphala churna, which have immunity boosting properties, were procured by the directorate under the National AYUSH Mission (NAM) in December last year.
The drugs gathered dust at the district level stores until mid-May and…