Types of Medicines under NIRAMAYA enhanced to 558 in Odisha

Consumption based supply system adopted by OSMC
CDMOs empowered to procure necessary medicine through local purchase
Chief Secretary directed to ensure adequate supply of medicines at hospitals and keep track of the use.

Bhubaneswar: August 28: Types of medicines approved for procurement and supply under the popular programme of Niramaya enhanced to 558 for the year 2017-18 against the total 499 types of medicines approved in the year 2016-17. This was known from review of the Odisha State Medical Corporation (OSMC) taken by Chief Secretary Sri Aditya Prasad Padhi recently in the Board Room of the Corporation.
Reviewing the activities of the Corporation, Chief Secretary Sri Padhi directed to ensure adequate supply of the medicines at hospitals stores without fail. Sri Padhi also directed to keep track whether the medicines are actually being prescribed and issued to the patients. Chief Secretary made it categorically clear that there should never be a ‘stock out position’ for 117 types of fast moving and more demanded medicines.
Participating in discussion, Development Commissioner Sri R.Balakrishnan advised to have a dedicated team for interaction with patients at ground zero level for assessing their requirements and satisfaction heights. The system of developing a system of ‘social watch’ through third party team having missionary zeal in the matter was also suggested in the meeting.
Chief Secretary Sri Padhi directed Secretary Health and Family Welfare Sri Pramod Meherda present in the meeting to keep track whether the medicines supplied were being prescribed by the doctors and were actually being distributed to the patients through close supervision and monitoring. Chief Secretary further directed to popularize a telephone number for complain by people when they did not get required medicine from the hospital stores. It was decided to undertake wide awareness activities about the effectiveness and quality of medicines being supplied under Niramaya.
The Managing Director OSMC Sri Rabindra Pratap Singh said, “a consumption based supply system of medicines have been adopted by the Corporation. The indents for the medicines are being received through online software and the supply position is also being reflected in the same online system. Actual stock position at the drug ware houses and hospitals can be tracked through this software”.
Available data show, the Corporation has around 39 drug warehouses in different parts of the State. Each district has at least one drug warehouse. The medicines are being supplied to the warehouses as per the advance indents; from where those are being supplied to hospital stores. In the current year around 317 types of specialized medicines are being supplied to medical college hospitals, 301 types of specialized medicines are being supplied to district hospitals , 294 medicines are being supplied to sub-divisional and community health center hospitals and 193 types of special medicines are being supplied to various primary health centers. Apart from this, Chief District Medical Officers (CDMOs) have been empowered and provided with funds to procure the medicines as per the local demand. For the current year, an amount of Rs.254 cr has been provided by State Govt in the first phase for procurement of approved medicines under Niramaya scheme. Provision of around Rs.58 cr has also been done for local purchase of medicines by the CDMOs.
Development Commissioner Sri R. Balakrishnan, Principal Secretary Finance Sri Tuhin Kanta Pandey, Secretary Health & Family Welfare Sri Pramod Kumar Meherda, MD OSMC Sri R.P. Singh, Administrative Officer Sri Aswani Kumar Mishra, General Manager Operations Dr Bijaya Mohapatra along with other senior officers participated in discussion.