Srinagar: The administration of Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) will open three fair price shops to replace drug counters, following Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s intervention in the last Governing Body Meeting of the institute.
The decision was taken in a meeting attended by senior faculty members and pharmacy experts who deliberated on the feasibility of fair price shops.
“The project had already been approved by the Director after media exposed a fraud at the pharmacy department in 2016. The Chief Minister also directed the officials to open the facility as soon as possible. Three locations have already been finalised for the shops. The administration was not sure whether to run the facility by internal arrangements or by involving private players,” a source at SKIMS told Kashmir Reader.
He said that a “low price shop committee” was formed to finalise the project before going for the tendering process.
Director SKIMS Soura, Dr Omar Javaid Shah, said he had approved the project to ensure that quality drugs are available to patients at the lowest price.
“The project was initiated in response to growing public demand. Patients suffer physically and financially in the hospital as their pocket is burdened hugely. We are in touch with experts in the field to make it a success,” he said.
According to Dr Sameer Naqash, chairman of the ‘low price shop committee’, drugs will be made available at much cheaper rates up to 40 percent.
“This concept was introduced at AIIMS New Delhi and has been a huge success. Drugs and consumables will be sold with 30 to 40 percent discount. All the items will be procured directly from the pharma companies, which will also ensure the best quality of the drugs. The CM was very keen on this project,” Dr Naqash said.