India has enough hydroxychloroquine to last entire month: Health ministry

India has enough hydroxychloroquine to last entire month: Health ministry

The nation has three-times more hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) than required and there are at least 3.28 crore tablets of the anti-malaria drug that will fulfill an entire month’s requirement, said the Union health ministry.

Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary of the health ministry, said the decision to export the drug was taken after considerable evaluation.

The GoM decided to release some of the surplus medicine stock for export purposes, but only after ensuring there is enough for domestic usage.

"A lot of requests of HCQ already there and taking into view domestic stock and requirement and keeping sufficient buffer, a decision was taken by GoM to release some of the surplus medicine for export purposes," Agarwal said.

"Coming week we will require one crore HCQ tablets for domestic use. We have over 3.28 crore. This will complete the entire month’s requirement."

Agarwal also requested people to not misbehave with frontline healthcare workers. His comments came after a few such incidents occurred in parts of the country.

He asked people to not just show gratitude to frontline workers by lighting candles, but also to show it by treating them with respect.

Agarwal then announced that confirmed cases in India have gone up to 6,412 as the death toll increase to 199. The health ministry will add updated details later in the day.

He also announced that the Rs 15,000 crore sanctioned yesterday will be distributed among states to help hospitals procure equipment and upgrade infrastructure required to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.