Source: News Bharati English27 Feb 2016 13:02:17

Bhubaneswar, February 27: A fleet of 50 dedicated vehicles with GPS system for transportation of medicines under NIRAMAY by Odisha State Medical Corporation flagged off in presence of Development Commissioner R Balkrishnan and MD OSMC Rupa Mishra. Mishra said the medicine transportation would be streamlined with the introduction of the vehicles.

All the 50 vehicles are of one type and brand. The Health Department here claimed that the facility is first of its kind in the entire country.  
Corporation Managing Director Roopa Mishra said the vehicles would transport medicines from the district headquarters to 377 community health centre (CHC) once in a month while it would carry the medicines to 1,350 primary health centres (PHC), other hospitals in urban areas twice in a month.  

It should be noted that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launches free medicine scheme Niramaya in Bhubaneswar on April 28, 2015. Niramaya, a free medicine distribution scheme in all the government hospitals of the state.

Odisha State Medical Corporation (OSMC), the agency that is looking after free distribution of medicines among the patients visiting government hospitals.  The state government has allocated about Rs 200 crore in the budget this time for free distribution of medicines through OSMC.