Thiruvananthapuram: Amid allegations of drug shortages in government hospitals in Kerala, a claim denied by the left-leaning government, a monitoring system is expected to be introduced soon to track the availability and distribution of drugs in government-run medical facilities. government in the southern state.
The proposed introduction of the surveillance system was announced by Kerala Health Minister Veena George after inaugurating a training workshop here on ensuring availability and distribution of drugs in hospitals.
The Minister said that there should be a scientific system in place to manage the storage and distribution of drugs and that the withdrawal of drugs should be prepared taking into account the requirement as well as the possible increase in each hospital. .
She said hospital workers should use the online system of Kerala Medical Services Corporation (KMSCL) to ensure the availability of medicines.
The real-time drug data will be available through the special software after all hospitals update the drug dispensing data every day, she said. Through this system, it would be possible to know the stock of medicines in a hospital and the medicines can be distributed according to their shortage, she added. She said that if there is a shortage of a drug by a certain percentage, this should be communicated to KMSCL so that the shortage drugs can be procured without delay.
These measures were introduced following reports of a shortage or suspected lack of medicines, even basic medicines, in some public hospitals.
The Congress-led opposition UDF has also criticized the state government on the issue.