Hyderabad: Govt To Ration Drugs To PHCs To Mitigate Wastage

Hyderabad: Govt To Ration Drugs To PHCs To Mitigate Wastage

Hyderabad, 23 May 2019: The state health department will rationalise the supply of medicines to primary health centres (PHC) on the basis of disease burden to cut wastage and incorrect administration of drugs, minister for health and family welfare Etela Rajender said on Wednesday.


“By rationalising drug supply, we will be able to make best use of our budget by providing medicines that are needed more by a particular centre and, thereby, also reduce expenses borne by the people,” the minister explained.


The move comes two months after two infants died and 32 others fell ill at Nampally PHC after being administered Tramadol incorrectly. The drug was removed from most PHCs after the incident and authorities planned to revamp the entire supply system.


Asha workers’ data will be used to introduce supply based on actual requirement. The data bank will be built over the next three months and each PHC will be provided a variable budget, depending on disease burden.


A senior official from the state health department said at diabetes and hypertension drugs were in high demand at certain PHCs, while others needed more dengue and malaria drugs.


“Though the state’s health profile is being prepared, it will be used only at a later stage. For now, asha workers will trace the disease burden on PHCs in the last decade. The medicine supply will be based on that,” he said.ET Healthworld