Staff Reporter, Bhopal
Public Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Narottam Mishra has said that the State Government led by Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan is committed to reach out and has already delivered government services to every house in the state.
Dr. Mishra was launching Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Free Medicine Distribution Scheme at J.P. Hospital here today. On the occasion, Home Minister Shri Umashankar Gupta said that free distribution of medicines in government hospitals without any discrimination is an unprecedented scheme.
The State Government has allocated budget of Rs. 216 crore for the scheme. This includes Rs. 51 crore of National Rural Health Mission.
Dr. Mishra said that public health facilities in the stated will be expanded in the state with a rapid pace in the next one month.
108 Ambulance Service to bring patients to hospitals will be introduced in all the 50 districts of the state. As many as 77 thousand mobile SIMs will be made available with a view to inter-connecting officers right from the rank of Principal Secretary Health and ASHA workers deployed in remote rural areas of the state.
Besides, 10 thousand Swasthya Doots will be employed. Health Insurance Scheme will be implemented in 10 districts presently and later residents of entire state will be brought under the purview of scheme.
Dr. Mishra said that free medicines will be distributed round-the-clock to OPD and admitted patients at all the government hospitals without any discrimination.
He informed that medicines have been stored in adequate quantity for free distribution under the scheme. In all, 147 types of medicines will be available in hospitals and their list will also be displayed over there.
The Public Health Minister informed that number of medicines will be increased in future in phases so that common people do not have to purchase medicine from outside. He informed that besides medicines, now the State Government has also made arrangements for free distribution of appliances for treatment like disposable syringe, needle, IV Canula, drip set and post-operation material.
He informed that Chief Medical and Health Officers and Civil Surgeons will keep a constant watch over implementation of the scheme.
Arrangement of computers has also been made at free medicine distribution centres to maintain account of available medicines.
Member of Parliament Shri Kailash Joshi said that now it is the responsibility of officers and employees to ensure that common people continue to get free medicines constantly. MLA Shri Vishwas Sarang also addressed the function.
Principal Secretary Shri Praveer Krishna said that health officers and employees have got yet another opportunity to serve common people through the scheme.
He said that medicines used in treatment of 99 percent diseases are being distributed free of cost under the scheme at government hospitals.
Food & Civil Supplies Corporation Chairman Shri Ramesh Sharma, Mineral Development Corporation Chairman Shri Rameshwar Sharma, commissioner Public Health & Family Welfare Shri Pankaj Agrawal, Controller Food and Drug Administration Smt. M. Gita, collector Shri Nikunj Shrivastava, Pharmacy Council Chairman Shri Basant Gupta, Jan-Abhiyan Parishad Vice-Chairman Shri Abhay Mehta, Director Health Dr. Ashok Sharma were present on the occasion.
The programme was conducted by Civil Surgeon Smt. Veena Sinha and Chief Medical & Health Officer Dr. Pankaj Shukla Proposed a vote of thanks.