Special squad to conduct raids on Niramaya stores, check stock of medicines


Bhubaneswar: After allegations poured in of non-availability of medicines at Niramaya stores, the State government has decided to carry out surprise checks on such outlets across the State.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Pratap Jena on Tuesday said a State-level squad will conduct simultaneous raids to verify the stock position and find out if there is any discrepancy in Niramaya stores.

Jena, who conducted a review of schemes managed by Odisha State Medical Corporation Limited (OSMCL), asked officials to provide medicines to health centres as per requirement and take all possible measures to ensure that no patient leaves Niramaya store without medicine.

He directed all the State-run hospitals to fix a display board in front of all such stores mentioning the name and phone number of the officials, who can be contacted, in case of any problem while availing free medicines.

It was also decided that Essential Drug List (EDL) prepared three years back will be reviewed at regular intervals and the drugs in the list changed as per demand and priority.

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