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Drugs Inventory Management System (ODIMS) launched

By Sandeep Pattnaik & Brahmi Priya Samantray
Bhubaneswar, December 3, 2012

To minimize the wastage of drugs and consumables and ensure its rational use, the Department of Health and Family Welfare (DH&FW) have implemented a Web based Drugs inventory management system called Odisha Drugs Inventory & Management System (ODIMS), to monitor the inventory of drugs and consumables at different drug warehouses of health institutions in the state. This was unveiled by Dr Damodar Rout , Minister, H&FW today.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Rout said,” Government is very much concerned about the wastage of drugs due to expiry at health institutions and irrational distribution and usage of drugs and consumables. Even if the dDrugs budget has increased many fold, from a measly Rs. 14 crore to Rs. 200 crore per annum, still the patients are deprived of getting medicines in-time.”

“Many a times complains are received of patients not getting medicines in the hospitals and very often medicines supplied to health institutions are destroyed due to time expiry. To deal with such issues effectively a web based inventory management system ODIMS has been adopted,” Rout added.

As per the official sources, at present, ODIMS is implemented in 35 health institutions i.e. 32 DHSs and 3 Medical College & Hospital warehouses and the Central drug store located at Bhubaneswar. It is proposed to be extended up to CHC (Block) level by the end of this month.

By unveiling the ODIMS system, day-to-day management of inventory of the drugs and consumables shall be facilitated and this shall take care of the supply chain management of drug warehouses accurately and efficiently. It keeps track of the purchases, stock, Indents, issues at different levels, transfers between warehouses and above all, the drugs to be expired. The various kinds of reports generated help to make timely decisions and appropriate actions towards smooth operation of drug distributions leading to the utmost satisfaction of the patients at the health institutions.

Commissioner cum Secretary to government Pradipta kumar Mohapatra , MD, NRHM Dr Pramod Meherda, Special secretary Dr Tribikram Panda , Addl.Secretary Siba Brata Dash, DPH Dr Balakrushna Panda ,DHS Dr N.K.Das, DFW Dr B.N.Dash and other departmental Officers were present during the inauguration ceremony .


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