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Chennai: Minister M. Subramanian said that some people are making allegations of drug shortage due to their anger towards the government and there is no shortage of drugs in Tamil Nadu.
Amid various complaints that there is a shortage of medicines in Tamil Nadu, the Minister of Medicine and Public Welfare, M. Subramanian, held a consultation at the Tamil Nadu Medical Services Corporation in Egmore, Chennai. Following this, the minister said to the media, “For the past few days, there have been reports of shortage of medicines in hospitals in Tamil Nadu. Even though it has been stated many times that this is a false news, this kind of news is coming again.
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We are doing research in 5 or 6 hospitals in a week. When conducting such an inspection, we first inspect the medicine warehouse in the hospital. There is no shortage of medicines in any hospital. One or two people are making such allegations unnecessarily. Administratively, some people have changed their positions. Those who have changed jobs are doing such activities out of anger towards the government.
327 essential medicines required for Tamil Nadu have been procured and the necessary medicines are in stock for three months. Till now only 32 places had drug warehouse. Currently, four new medical warehouses are being constructed. Unlike no other state in India, there is a state of drug warehouse in every district. It is true that IV fluids were in short supply in some places. This is due to the war in Ukraine, which has delayed imports in some places.
There is also a news that there was a shortage of drugs for the medical program in search of people. 32 types of medicines required for the scheme are kept in stock for a period of 3 or 4 months in the respective district drug warehouse. It is true that there was a shortage of one or two supportive drugs. In addition to that, the Tamil Nadu Medical Association has sent alternative medicines suitable for supportive drugs. If there is a news that there is a shortage of medicine, we give permission to visit the medicine warehouse and inspect it directly. If there is shortage of medicines, the general public can contact the 104 complaint number and file a complaint,” said the minister.