Over 1K medicines available at centres for free, says government

Tribune News Service

Shimla, November 21

As many as 1,374 medicines are being made available free of cost by the government in all state health institutions while 885 medicines are being made available in regional hospitals, civil hospitals and medical colleges. Also, 417 medicines are available at primary health centres and 72 medicines can be bought at sub-centre level.

A spokesperson for the state government today said around 16.30 lakh medicines have been distributed at various health institutions during the tenure of the present government so far. "Through this scheme, 10.63 lakh medicines have been distributed through health institutions, health camps, anganwaris, Jan Manch, etc from April to November this year. Around 5.66 lakh medicines have been distributed in various public health institutions across the state," said the spokesperson. Under this scheme, an adequate budget was also being made available and an amount of about Rs 216 crore had been spent to procure essential medicines, he stated.

The state government was also ensuring free medicines to health institutions regularly, for which necessary steps were being taken.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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