Free drugs at govt health centres from June 1

Free drugs at govt health centres  from June 1

SRINAGAR: The government has geared up its machinery to provide drugs free of cost at district and sub-district hospitals, community health centres and primary health centres from June 1 this year.
The policy had been approved by the State Administrative Council in March during Governor’s rule in the state.
Minister for health and medical education Bali Baghat on Sunday said the policy would be implemented from June1.
“This has been a long pending demand of people,” Bhagat said.
The hospitals which were running out of essential drugs because of the dysfunctional Jammu and Kashmir Medical Supplies Corporation Limited are likely to get relief once the drugs are made available.
Dr Dildar Singh, assistant director at the directorate of health services, said that the officials were busy in preparing a list of medicines for free distribution.
“In a couple of days we will send the list to the JKMSCL,” Singh told Kashmir Reader.
“The quantity of the medicine will depend on the size of hospital. The CHCs and PHCs which don’t record huge patient rush would get lesser quantity of medicine compared to district and sub–district hospitals,” he said.
Dr Yashpal Sharma, MD JKMSCL said, “Patients will get all the medicines which are required on daily basis. The directorate will send a list to the corporation and then we will start making purchases for them.”