Chandigarh: To maintain adequate stock of medicines in health and wellness centres (HCWs), Punjab health minister Balbir Singh Sidhu flagged off a medicine delivery van. Community health officers (CHOs) have been assigned the responsibility to maintain the stock of medicines at their respective centres and they will soon be authorised to place the demand for medicines quarterly through online mode in advance from warehouses.
Sharing the details, Sidhu said to ensure the supply of medicines at HCWs, the Punjab government had decided to make the supply of all 27 medicines to such centres directly from regional drug warehouse using the van.
He said at present, block-level health centres were distributing the stock of medicines to all HCWs after getting it from the regional drug warehouses. This mechanism was not properly fulfilling the overall requirement of all the centres as per their demand. He said to strengthen the OPD services and ensure the supply of medicines, the state government was going to cover all districts under this programme in a phased manner as the van project was implemented in 70 HWCs of SAS Nagar district on a pilot basis, he added.