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Medicine Comfort For Odisha


In the period of COVID-19 Pandemic, when the State Governments are finding it hard to get hold of essential medicines, Odisha has been able to make sufficient stock of essential drugs and medicines for next five months.

Thanks to the overdrive of Odisha State Medical Corporation Limited (OSMCL), Odisha is in a comfortable position so far medicines stock is concerned.

While Odisha Government efforts are being praised foe effective handling of COVID-19 Pandemic, OSMCL, the Nodal Agency of Department of Health and Family Welfare played a crucial role in procurement of essential drugs, equipments and other essential items worth Rs.147 Crore within a very short span of time, officials admit.

Besides sufficient stocks of Triple Layer Surgical Masks, n-95 Masks, Hand Sanitizers, Personal Protection Equipments ICU Ventilators, Oxygen Concentrators, and Nebulizers have also been made available throughout the State.

Thanks due to tireless efforts of Yamini Sarangi, Managing Director along with team of dedicated officers and employees, who worked relentlessly ably guided by the senior officials of the Department of Health and family Welfare, presently, there is sufficient stock of drugs such as antibiotics, analgesics, anti inflammatory available for next five months, officials say in OSMCL.

Drugs, essential equipments and other items also were brought both by road and air services were well coordinated by the State Government.
Proactive steps were taken to encourage the suppliers by giving incentives for supply of essential drugs and equipments and payment was done within 24 hours of receipt of items.

All these preparatory measures were done by maintain utmost transparency in the procurement process and without compromising on the quality of drugs and other items, officials say.

Being wooed by transparent procedure adopted by OSMCL, which is part of 5T Charter of Governance, the suppliers’ responses are so high that OSMCL has to take over four empty godowns from MARKFED Odisha as there was shortage of storage space in the Central Drug Store of OSMCL.

In the present scenario, when the entire country is struggling for testing of COVID-19 samples, in Odisha daily close to 4500 COVID-19 Tests are conducted, officials admit.

OSMCL has been instrumental in supplying instruments such as RT PCR, RNA Extraction System, Bio Safety cabinet and other essential consumables such as RNA Extraction Kit, RT PCR COVID-19 Test Kit, Viral Transport media to institutes such as RMRC, and other Government Testing facilities within a record time.

In fact, within a record time COVID-19 Hospitals were established in the state and OSMCL is instrumental in supplying all the equipments of Government managed COVID-19 Hospitals and in some cases to the privately managed COVID-19 Hospitals, as and when required.

As on date, essential drugs & other items such as Azithromycin(Suspension): 1,41,83,816 crores; Azithromycin(Tablet): 5,67,140; Tab. Chloroquine: 3,59,130; Tab. Hydroxychloroquine: 56,68,500; Tab. Paracetamol: 3,13,37,014; Syp. Paracetamol: 18,07,888; Bleaching Powder: 5,42,060; N–95 Face Masks: 59,058; Triple Layer Face Masks: 2,90,11,754; PPE Kits: 5,28,375; Operation Gloves: 58,76,347; Oxygen Cylinders: 11,452 [Jumbo: 2,847; 10 Litres: 7,049; 5 Litres: 1556]; Hand Sanitizers: 10,53,688 (Bottles); Viral Transport Media: 71,341; KN – 95 Face Masks: 34,710  are now available in the Central Drug Store of OSMCL, officials say.
 
 
 
 


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