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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 53  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 147-50

Logistics and supply management system of drugs at different levels in Darbhanga District of Bihar.

Community Medicine, Darbhanga Medical College, Bihar

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C Roy
Community Medicine, Darbhanga Medical College, Bihar

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OBJECTIVES: To understand the logistics and supply management system of drugs at different levels within the district health care delivery system of Dharbanga in Bihar. METHOD: This was a cross-sectional study in 3 Primary Health Centres (PHCs), 3 Additional Primary Health Centres (APHCs) and 6 Subcentres (SCs) during September-December 2008. The study subjects were Civil Surgeon, Pharmacists, Medical Officers, ANMs. Data was collected using qualitative and quantitative techniques from different stakeholders. RESULT: The health centers were severely understaffed and drug stores are managed by unqualified/untrained pharmacists. Drug list available was not fully matching with the need/requirement of the population. The vital and essential drugs required for various health centers were of short supply or unavailable in medical stores. MOs were unaware of budget allocation/allotment for their centers. Demand estimation of the drug items were not done scientifically hence quantity of drugs supplied was not in consonance with community needs. The existing guidelines were not followed as a result drugs like Zinc, Misoprostol and Magsulf were not available at the PHCs or APHCs. The storage and transportation facilities of drugs were found to be poor. Community members were not satisfied with the availability of drugs. CONCLUSION: The logistic and supply system of drugs in Darbhanga district is very weak, hence the needs of the catering population related to medicines was not fully met.

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