Hooda nod to health body to streamline purchase of drugs

To improve health services in Haryana, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Wednesday accorded in-principle approval to set up a dedicated health system corporation to streamline procurement of drugs and medical equipment in government hospitals.

During a review meeting of the health department, officials told Hooda that while at present, 102 medicines were being procured from pharma central public sector undertakings (CPSUs), other medicines were being procured from either state rate contract, director general of supplies and disposals rate contract or Employees State Insurance Corporation rate contract.

The officials added that while purchase of medicines had been decentralised at civil surgeon level, purchase and supply of medical equipment and disposal was being done through directorate and outsourcing agency, which was a long process.

The officials also informed Hooda that Haryana Swasthya Vaahan Sewa (102) had become popular and was the only state government-run ambulance scheme in the country. "As many as 335 ambulances and 24 advanced life support (ALS) ambulances fitted with global positioning system were plying in the state. This service is being further upgraded and emergency medical technicians (EMT) had been trained for ALS ambulances. Besides, recruitment of EMTs for 100 basic life support (BLS) ambulances was in process. In addition, 21 new ALS and 90 BLS ambulances would be included in the fleet in the next two months," said an official.

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