Gangtok: Sikkim chief minister Prem Singh Golay has announced that the state government will now procure medicines directly from the manufacturers, thereby cutting out the middlemen.
Addressing the medical fraternity at STNM Hospital on Tuesday, CM Golay said: “The government will ensure free medicines for all the people who cannot afford to buy medicines [BPL category]. To achieve this, the budget allocation for the procurement of medicines has been enhanced for the Financial Year 2021-22.”
He also said that the government has decided to procure all the medicines directly from the manufacturers, thereby eradicating the system of middlemen.
Golay further urged the medical fraternity, especially government doctors and medical practitioners to only prescribe medicines which are available in the Central Medical Stores (CMS).
“The manufacturers should deliver the medicines directly to the district hospitals and STNM Hospital so that there is even distribution and adequate stock,” he said.
The decision was taken after a meeting with health department on Monday. “Those who are poor, non-employees and residing in Sikkim, from small to big, all will be provided by the state government. The manufacturer will go through a tender and we will legally find which is the best and cheapest.”
The CM further announced that the manufacturers will have to bring out a special batch of medicines for Sikkim bearing the tag, “Only for sale in Sikkim”.
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