A year on, Omar's medical corporation for quality drugs fails to take off

  • Peerazada Ashiq, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Jun 16, 2014 19:51 IST

A year after a major scandal over the supply of sub-standard drugs in the state surfaced, the Jammu and Kashmir Medical Supplies Corporation Limited (JKMSCL)- a single window system to get quality drugs and equipments for all government hospitals and medical facilities in the state-is yet to start the procurement of supplies- they haven't procured anything just paperwork.

In his second meeting with the corporation in one year, the chief minister (CM) Omar Abdullah, on Monday here, reviewed its functioning. The CM is the chairman of the board of directors while the minister for health and minister for medical education (both portfolios are held by Taj Mohi-ud-Din) is the vice-chairman.

Although it has been a year since JKMSCL was formed, it is yet to procure quality drugs for the hospitals.

"Till the time corporation takes over the procurement taskfully, the medical and health departments concerned should ensure the availability and supply of medicines and equipments as per the prevailing practice so that there is no shortcoming in the health institutions," said Omar at the meeting.

JKMSCL was constituted in May last year after a public outcry over the procurement of sub-standard drugs.

The government faced charges of prescribing sub-standard drugs last year in Kashmir when several samples of anti-biotic Maximizen, supplied to the government hospitals, were found to be counterfeit.

An official spokesperson said that the board took decisions on the constitution of sub-committees pertaining to different subjects.

The minister for health and medical education Mohi-ud-Din, principal secretary of planning and development BR Sharma, principals of government medical colleges, and dental colleges, managing director of JKMSC Sheetal Nanda and others were present at the meeting.

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