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Drug data to be available on Net

Information regarding the availability of drugs at the primary health centres would soon be posted online to bring transparency in the system.

The health department has decided to upload information related to how much drug is available at a particular centre and how much been used by it on the website of the State Health Society, Bihar, from next year. Additional information like how many radiology and pathology tests have been conducted at a particular primary health centre would also be available on the website.

Deepak Kumar, principal secretary, health, said the information would be uploaded from January 1. “This is being done to bring transparency in the whole system at the level of primary health centres. We realised that unavailability of drugs at the primary health centres is a big challenge for us. We hope to address the issue with this system.”

Describing the problems faced by the department in tracking drug crisis at the primary health centres, Kumar said: “Most of the times, the medical officer in-charge of the primary health centres doesn’t inform us about the unavailability of drugs at institutions. As a result, the department is unable to determine the availability status of drugs at these health centres. But, now that the information would be made available online, the health department would be able to keep track of the drug crisis and supply them immediately.”