State Drugs Controller Haryana, Food and Drugs Administration, (FDA) Haryana Narender Ahooja is conducting Webinars on IEC Activities on Drugs Act and awareness programme for Chemist Associations of all the districts of Haryana. In this process a webinar has been conducted for members of distt Gurugram Chemist association on 19th June 2020.
Ripan Mehta, Senior drugs control Officer (SDCO), Gurugram moderated the webinar and after his welcome note Narender Ahooja in his key note address termed “Chemists and Pharmacists are our Corona Warriors” who risked their life in Door step delivery of life saving drugs to all needy patients during lockdown period.
The webinar was also attended by Rakesh Dahiya, SDCO, Rohtak. Sharad Mehrotra, President and Neeraj Gupta, Secretary of Gurugram District Chemist Association were present in the webinar along with members of chemist association of district Gurugram.
Ahooja stated “In this process officers of FDA Haryana also provided full logistic support to the district administrations and by making curfew or lockdown passes for these Corona Warriors. In the early stages when Masks and Sanitizers were in short supply in country and rates were soaring high but Chemists Association on persuasion of FDA Haryana officers made availability of Masks and Sanitizers at reasonable rates.”
“After some time when Indigenous production of All types of Masks and Sanitizers increased and demand and Supply balanced then Central Govt issued notifications fixing the ceiling prices of Two ply masks at Rs 8.00, Three ply masks at Rs 10.00, Melt Blown masks at Rs 16.00 per mask and Govt also issued standards for these. But now after increase in production Chemists are selling these masks even at lesser rates then fixed by Govt of India” Ahooja added.
“Same is story of success in case Sanitizers Initially Sanitizer were also not available in market. At that time on advice of Ministry of Agriculture Joint Secretary Sugar, FDA Haryana took a decision to allow Distilleries to manufacture Sanitizers which filled the gap between demand and supply. FDA Haryana cutting Red Tapes working hard in lockdown period issued licenses to 18 such Distilleries” Ahooja said.
“In the mean time Govt of India under E C Act fixed ceiling prices of Sanitizer but presently Sanitizers available even on lesser rates then fixed by Govt of India. Similarly after becoming self sufficient Atam Nirbhar in Masks Sanitizers Haryana became self sufficient in PPEs” Ahooja said.
Ahooja also appealed the members of chemist association Gurugram to become eyes and ears of FDA Haryana. He also asked them to keep their eyes vigilant and report if there is selling of sanitizer and mask more then the price fixed by the Govt.
Chemist Association’s pledge
Ahooja urged the Chemist Associations to take a pledge to follow the Rules of Social Distancing, wearing Masks and Hand Hygiene by washing hands properly or using hand sanitizer. He also urged them to take pledge for selling Masks Sanitizers etc on fixed rates only.
In last Amandeep Chauhan, Drugs Control Officer (DCO) Gurugram presented vote of thanks to all the panelists and office bearers of Chemist Association. He also assured to make compliance of directions issued by Department.
It is also mentionable that first webinar was organised on Thursday 11th June 2020 for Jhajjar District Chemists and after that on Friday 12th June 2020 for Palwal Chemists.