Vested interest within the department have launched fake campaign about drug shortage: Health Minister

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By Fast Kashmir on 31/08/2017.

No shortage of drugs in hospitals in the state’

Srinagar, Aug 30: The government Wednesday said the hospitals are not facing shortage of medicine but people with “vested interests within” the department have launched a campaign to create panic among people after their “illicit trade” got derailed due to streamlining the purchase of drugs by setting up the Jammu and Kashmir Medical Supplies Corporation Limited (JKMSCL).
Minister for Health and Medical Education, Bali Bhagat said that essential drugs are available in the hospitals and health centres across the state.
“Some persons within the department have started a fake campaign in media that hospitals and health centers are facing shortage of drugs, which is not true,” Bhagat told KNS.
The minister said that the government has kept funds available for drugs with the hospitals during emergencies and shortage.
“25 percent funds have been kept available with the hospitals to purchase drugs from local market incase of emergencies and shortage of drugs,” he said.
The minister said that government streamlined the purchase of drugs by setting up the Jammu and Kashmir Medical Supplies Corporation Limited (JKMSCL) and “some persons within the department have vested interests as their illicit trade got closed after the purchase of drugs was streamlined through JKMSCL”.
“Through the Corporation, the process of purchasing of drugs is first tendered, then drugs are test-checked twice in two national laboratories and then procured for distribution in hospitals and health centers in the state,” the minister told KNS.
“We have identified such persons and action will be taken against them,” he added when asked whether the persons within the department have been identified.
Earlier, the drugs were procured by market without any checks and quality control and people within the department and outside “would mint money through the purchase of drugs”.
“The same people are now spreading this false campaign about drug shortage,” he said. (KNS)