2 warehouses coming up in Anantnag, Baramulla to ensure supply of medicines: Addl Chief Secy

Jan Aushadi Mitra Sammelan held at GMC Anantnag

Two warehouses to be set up in Anantnag and Baramulla to ensure an abundant supply of medicines: Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) Health and Medical Education, Vivek Bhardwaj

ANANTNAG, November 15: Additional Chief Secretary Health and Medical Education, Vivek Bhardwaj, visited GMC Anantnag and participated in the Jan Aushadi Mitra Sammelan. The sammelan had been organized to spread awareness about Jan Aushadi Pariyojana.

Speaking on occasion, CMO Anantnag informed the ACS that the scheme has been operational since March 2019. Four centres were established in the first phase, and presently seven centres are operating in the district. He highlighted that inventory management is essential to ensure medicine availability at the stores. Further, the field functionaries have been directed to create awareness about branded and generic products.

Principal GMC Anantnag, speaking on occasion, said that timely awareness and aggressive vaccination program has been fruitful. The absence of any severe covid affected patients in the district hospital is evidence of the fact. He commended the role of PMJAP in facilitating health care benefits to the economically weaker sections.

Vivek Bhardwaj said that the aim of organizing these awareness camps is to communicate to the masses that medicines available at these stores are not only cheaper but have also undergone rigorous quality and efficacy checks. He further emphasized that the medical fraternity must dispel any such misconceptions among the masses. They must work as ambassadors so that maximum coverage of the benefits of the program is ensured.

ACS Health directed officials to ensure that Jan Aushadi Kendras are available in every Sub Divisional Hospital. Jan Aushadi Stores should have a significant market share in the sale of medicines. He further directed the Chief Medical Officer to work out a plan for establishing Jan Ashudi stores at all PHCs that are operational 24x7. He said that the Govt has decided that to ensure an abundant and regular supply of drugs through Jan Aushadi stores, two warehouses, one in Anantnag and one in Baramulla, will be set up in the coming months.

Sharing their experience, one Jan Aushadi store owner said that there had been significant growth in the sale of generic drugs over the last two years. Many youths are looking forward to setting up Jan Aushadi Kendras.

It is pertinent to mention that Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) is a campaign launched by the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Government of India, to provide quality medicines at affordable prices to the masses through special kendras known as Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana Kendra. Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana Kendra (PMBJPK) has been set up to provide generic drugs, which are available at lesser prices but are equivalent in quality and efficacy to expensive branded drugs. 120 Jan Aushadi Kendras are functional in UT of Jammu and Kashmir, out of which 14 are located in District Anantnag.

Jan Aushudi Kits were distributed among various beneficiaries towards the end of the function.

The ACS was accompanied by Director Health, State Drug Control Officer, AD Health, among others. Dy CMO, BMOs, HoDs of GMC Anantnag were also present on occasion.

Later, inspecting various hospital sections, Bhardwaj laid stress on patient convenience and directed the hospital administration to display signs at conspicuous places. He also inspected the site proposed site for a new Jan Aushudi store. (NOTE: PRESS RELEASE PUBLISHED AS RECEIVED)