Karamad in Aurangabad district has received no objection certificate (NOC) to set up first-of-its-kind medicine hub. The NOC was given by Karmad Gram Panchayat for allotting 13-acre land in the village for the project which will cost Rs 230 crore. The decision was taken after Satish Pawar, State Public Health Services Director and Archana Patil, Additional Director in the State Family Welfare Department, visited Karmad on Friday.
The state government had allotted funds to establish a centralised medicine hub at Aurangabad. The health officials had appointed a 13-acre government land at Karamad, which is closer to Chikalthana International Airport. But the project got delayed as the village gram panchayat was yet to grant NOC for the said piece of land.
The medicine hub would have a warehouse, which will accommodate buffer stock of medicines and the other essential material purchased through the centralised system. It will also have a training centre, hostel and a helipad. The warehouse will be made available to maintain stocks to address issues such as quality of medicines and shortage of drugs at all 66 public hospitals of the State.
K T Chavan, Aurangabad Circle Deputy Director of Health Services said, It is very important to ensure supply of medicines and consumables for the achievement of all public health goals. The state government has already adopted e-tendering and e-Aushadhi for medicine procurement and also published lists on essential drugs and consumables. Now, it has decided to establish one central warehouse with a training centre at Aurangabad. This warehouse spread over 50,000 sq ft will be of WHO standard.
The decision to set up the medicine hub was taken in 2010, but it gained momentum in last four months.