Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Apr 28:
Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik today announced a new scheme ‘Niramaya’ to provide free medicines to patients in all government hospitals in the state from May 1.
“The scheme is a bold step of the state government which is committed to provide quality health care”, Patnaik said while inaugurating the new office building of the Odisha State Medical Corporation (OSMC) here.
Under the scheme patients coming for treatment to government hospitals will be provided with free generic medicines, the scheme will be implemented in phases in all government hospitals of the state, the Chief Minister said.
The facility will be initially available to patients in the medical colleges, district hospitals and will be gradually expanded to Community Health Centres, Sub-divisional Hospitals and even the Primary Health Centres and Sub-Centers in a phased manner, he added.
The chief minister said it has also decided to supply specialized medicines for cancer, hemophilia, thalassemia, sickle cell disease, psychiatric medicines and other diseases before the end of this year.
Besides, through the OSMC, the government will gradually establish basic minimum diagnostics at different levels of health care and by the end of this year and basic minimum free diagnostics would be available at various health facilities, the Chief Minister stated.
The state budget has allocated around Rs 200 Crore for provision of free medicines through the OSMC, he said.
Drug Distribution Counters will be set up in the medical colleges,district headquarter hospitals, CHCs, SDHs for dispensing medicines to patients.
Besides, 598 additional posts of pharmacists have been created at district levels for smooth management of the scheme.
Every prescription given by doctors shall be scanned and kept for records and prescription audit. The OSMC shall set the highest standards for quality maintenance so as to provide safe medicines to the people.