Maha: State govt clears purchase of essential medicines from market

The Maharashtra government has approved a budget of Rs 80 crore for the district administrations to purchase medicines from the market itself. The state government has taken this step in view of the severe shortage of medicines affecting district hospitals

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  • Several Primary Health Centres (PHC) and district hospitals in Maharashtra are facing a severe shortage of medicines.
  • Owing to which, the poor and needy people are forced to buy medicines from outside.

Now, in order to slow this medicine shortage, the Maharashtra government has given permission to the district administration to purchase essential medicines from the market.

For the past few months, the government hospitals in Maharashtra are facing acute medicine shortage. Finally, taking the cognizance of it, the government has approved Rs 80 crore for the district administration to purchase medicines from the market.

But, on being asked about the medicine shortage, Dr Anup Kumar Yadav, Commissioner of Health Services said, “We cannot say there is a shortage of medicines. But yes, we have received many complaints about the shortage of medicines. In order to solve the issue, we have approved Rs 80 crore for the district administration. We have given permission to the district administration to procure essential medicines from the market.”

With an aim to curb the malpractices in the procurement process, the Maharashtra government had taken a decision to route the purchase of medicines through Haffkine Institute.

Dr Yadav further said, “We have taken a decision that 20% of the medicines can be purchased by the district administration from the market itself, and 80% purchases will be done through Haffkine Institute. This decision has been taken so that in the future there would be no shortage of medicines in the hospitals.”