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Cartons of drugs stored outside drenched in rainwater

Drugs stored in the Tamil Nadu Medical Services Corporation warehouse complex in Dindigul on Monday.

Drugs stored in the Tamil Nadu Medical Services Corporation warehouse complex in Dindigul on Monday.   | Photo Credit: G. Karthikeyan

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Cartons of drugs stored in the verandah of the Tamil Nadu Medical Services Corporation (TNMSC) warehouse complex in Dindigul, owing to insufficient space, were soaked after a heavy downpour on Monday evening.

Currently, the second floor of the warehouse, which is located behind the Government Hospital on Gopalasamuthiram East Bank Road, is under construction.

According to an official from the warehouse, the construction work was expected to be completed before two months.

“Anticipating the early completion of the job, the suppliers sent cartons of drugs to the warehouse. However, due to insufficient space, we were forced to store the drugs outside in the verandah,” says the official.

This district warehouse supplies drugs to all Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and government hospitals in the district. Once the money for procuring the medicines is credited to the PHCs, once in every three months, a list of required medicines is sent to the warehouse for procurement.

However, this time there is a delay in crediting money to the PHCs, said the official.

“Since the PHCs have not sent the list of required medicines, we could not distribute the medicines,” said the official.

The official added that after the incident, a plastic sheet has been put up outside the verandah to prevent seepage of water during the monsoon. Construction work of the warehouse will also be completed before Deepavali, added the official.

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