Kohima, June 19 (NE): The Unemployed Registered Pharmacists’ Association Nagaland (URPAN) comprising of well qualified and registered professionals, through a press release on June 19, 2020, appealed the state government to advertise the posts of Pharmacists and reinstate the existing number of 490 posts of Pharmacists.
The appeal was made in regard to the governments being forced to recruit more personnel in order to effectively tackle the crisis of COVID-19 pandemic as the existing strengths have been found to be insufficient to cater the increasing number of positive cases and suspects.
COVID-19 pandemic has shattered the world and its mechanisms like never before. This crisis is disrupting all spheres of human life and activities. Healthcare personnel and professionals being the primary frontline workers is one of the worst affected groups of people along with police and other frontline workers, said the release.
Mentioning that the state government on ground of cadre review had abruptly cut down the existing 490 posts of pharmacists to 309 in 2015 without proper analysis, the association said that it is precisely loss of 181 posts of Pharmacists in the state of Nagaland.
Following which, the state government had put a blanket ban on new appointments from 2015 till 2022.
Consequently, the posts of Pharmacists were withdrawn from sub centre level, where underprivileged sections of our society receive healthcare services. This has also rendered many PHCs (Primary Health Center), CHCs (Community Health Center), and even DHs (District Hospital) without requisite number of pharmacists, it added.
URPAN further stated that as per Drugs & Cosmetics Act, 1940 & Rules, 1945 and the Pharmacy Practice Regulation, 2015, only a registered Pharmacist can dispense drugs/medicines.
The Union while enquiring on how the health care institutions are supposed to function without Pharmacists, appealed the state government to pursue this matter on urgent basis and lift the blanket ban in the interest of the society.