GPS tracking now available for medicine deliveries to government health facilities in Chhattisgarh | India News

To strengthen its supply chain and enable smooth delivery of medicines, Chhattisgarh Medical Services Corporation Limited (CGMSCL), which is responsible for procurement and distribution of quality-assured medicines and medical equipment to government health facilities in the state, has announced the introduction of a GPS-based tracking system.

In its recent order, CGMSCL has mandated the installation of GPS-enabled devices in all 44 vehicles. The GPS data coupled with the in-house DPDMIS application enables easy tracking of each shipment from the warehouse to the facility, thereby determining the exact location and estimating the approximate delivery time. By operating its own vehicles, CGMSCL does not have to rely on private operators for delivery, thus helping in managing the operational costs of transportation.

CGMSCL supplies medicines from its 16 warehouses to over 1,300 healthcare facilities in the state of Chhattisgarh, including Primary Health Centers (PHCs), District Hospitals (DHs), Community Health Centers (CHCs) and medical college hospitals.

“In this regard, CGMSCL has taken several initiatives over the years to strengthen its supply chain, primarily by enhancing the capabilities of its in-house software DPDMIS (Drug Procurement and Distribution Management Information Systems), increasing the efficiency of its warehouses and by deploying vehicles for medical supplies to all PHCs, CHCs, DH and Medical College Hospitals,” the statement said.

According to the press release, one of the main objectives of the CGMSCL is to ensure the availability of required medicines at the right place.

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The GPS-based vehicle tracking system is designed to support store managers, warehouse managers and senior management with features such as real-time tracking, estimated time of arrival (ETA) and proof of delivery.

“The GPS tracking system improves the safety of deliveries by providing constant monitoring and alerts in case of deviations from the planned route. By optimizing delivery routes and monitoring vehicle performance, it helps streamline operations and deliver medicines faster. It enables us to analyze data and identify areas where delivery operations can be improved. Ultimately, it helps eliminate inefficiencies, streamline our operations and optimize costs. Urgent deliveries of life-saving medicines and medicines that are in critical stock can be prioritized and effectively tracked to reach the required location as soon as possible,” said Padmini Bhoi Sahu, MD, CGMSCL.

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First uploaded on: 13-06-2024 at 14:02 IST

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