Crisis ends; Drug distribution in Kozhikode medical college to resume
Kozhikode: The distribution of medicines at Kozhikode Medical College, which was in a crisis after the outstanding insurance amount was not settled, will be back to normal shortly. The decision was taken in a discussion with the representatives of drug and stent companies, held under the leadership of the district Collector. The Collector assured various drug distributors that the outstanding amount will be settled without much delay.
The Collector informed that the first instalment of the outstanding amount will be paid within two days and the rest of the mount also will be settled soon. Even the Cath lab in the medical college was closed after the distribution of stents stopped. Emergency surgeries were about to be cancelled. With this, the Collector convened an urgent meeting. The drug and stent distributors said that they will resume supply of drugs and stents based on the assurance of the Collector.
The Collector said that a permanent system for settling the payment of the distributors will be set up soon. The amount for medicine supply in medical college is provided in RSBY, tribal medicine and casualty medicine categories. The procedures to settle the outstanding amount in these categories have already started. Presently, 75 distributors are supplying medicines to the hospital development society.
The drug distributors organisation is yet to receive Rs 30 crore from the medical college hospital. The supply of medicine was stopped two days ago when the amount was not settled. About 15 surgeries were postponed after the stent distribution was stopped. Many patients were referred to private hospitals. Meanwhile, the Collector held the discussion with drug distributors to resolve the issue.