NT NETWORK Mapusa
The residents of Mapusa and surrounding areas are to get the face masks, which are out of stock at many of the pharmacies. The shortage is attributed to no supply in the market.
The people of Mapusa, who were seen moving from one pharmacy to another, hoping to get a mask, however, have to go without face mask as the pharmacies don’t have any stock.
By March first week majority of pharmacies had finished all of their stocks of face masks.
Even hike in rates was witnessed in the market.
One of pharmacy owner informed that “despite of placing order for the last number of days, we have still not got the stock from distributors. Many people visit us on a daily basis for face masks but we cannot help.”
Another chemist said,“ Besides, no supply. Another reason is that due to panic buying, initially, people purchased in bulk resulting in shortage. And the demand thus created, the local distributor is not able to fill and the same has continued.”