Ensure timely delivery of ARV drug to Nagaland: HC directs CMSS Guwahati

Ensure timely delivery of ARV drug to Nagaland: HC directs CMSS Guwahati
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Dimapur, November 12: The Kohima Bench of Gauhati High Court has directed the Central Medical Services Society (CMSS), Guwahati to ensure timely delivery and dispatch of the ARV drug to the State of Nagaland as and when the requisition for the same is made by the authorities of Nagaland and ensure that the drugs are available in the state of Nagaland in the required amount at all point of time.
An order passed by the High Court stated that an affidavit was filed by Nagaland State AIDS Control Society (NSACS) stating that inspite of repeated requisitions being made timely delivery of the concerned drug is not forthcoming, which has resulted not in an inconvenience but is also causing a great danger to the life and liberty of the HIV patients in the state of Nagand
“As the subject of concern is making available the concerned drugs which are the main lifelie of the HIV patients to survive their life, we are of the view that the requirement of making timely delivery of the concerned drug is also within the realm of Article 21 of the Constitution of India,” the Court noted.
The judgement comes in the wake of a PIL filed in the High Court with the issue related to shortage of the relevant drugs required for treating the HIV patients in Nagaland.
It is stated that the specific drug by the name of Anti-Retroviral Drugs (ARV) is in shortage in the state.
The concerned authority for providing the drugs in the state of Nagaland being the Nagaland State AIDS Control Society (NSACS) has filed an affidavit stating that presently, after the latest dispatch on October 30, 2018, adequate drugs is available for the next 3 months.
But at the same time, it stated that they are making repeated requisition before the concerned authority for providing the aforesaid drug to the state of Nagaland as per the required basis but inspite of such repeated communications being made, the supply of drugs to the state of Nagaland is erratic and timely deliveries are not being made.
In the course of the hearing, the authorities of NSACS brought to the notice of the Court that the procedure for procuring the drugs that the NSACS would place requisition of the required drug before the authority named as National Aids Control Organization (NACO) and the NACO in turn directs the authority called Centre Medicine Service Society (CMSS) who provides the dispatches the required drugs to the state of Naglaand.
The Court noted that the email communication made by the NACO to the NSAC indicating the availability of the required drugs in the Guwahati unit of the CMSS which clearly shows that the required drugs are available in sufficient quantity to meet the requirements of the 7 Northeastern states to which the CMSS of Guwahati caters.
(Page News Service)