Odisha plans Rs 400cr/yr drug procurement through OMSC

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to materialize its free medicine distribution plan to all at the government hospitals, the Odisha government has decided to procure medicines worth Rs 400 crore per annum. The drugs would be procured through soon-to-be-formed Odisha Medical Services Corporation (OMSC), according to an official.

Informing about OMSC, health secretary Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra said that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had approved formation of the corporation which would quicker the process of procurement of medicine as well as medical equipments, required at the hospitals including CHCs and PHCs.

A notification in this regard is expected to be issued within a couple of days, Mohapatra said.

While the equipments and other machineries would be purchased through national bidding, companies having good manufacturing practice (GMP) certificates would be given priority to procure medicines, the official added.

“The board of the corporation will comprise as many as twelve directors and an IAS officer as MD, while the health secretary would function as its chairman”, he said adding the corporation will initially start with an equity capital of Rs 20 crore.