In Jammu and Kashmir, the scope of affordable medicines for patients in the government and private sectors will increase. More than 100 Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Kendras will soon open in the state. Private sector participation will also be included in these centres for the first time. As a result, patients will get cheap medicines at the government and private levels.

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In the new centres, priority is being given to remote and hilly areas. It is proposed to inaugurate more than 100 Jan Aushadhi Kendras during the Prime Minister’s proposed visit to the parish on April 24. At present, 122 Jan Aushadhi Kendras are functioning in Jammu and Kashmir.

Medicines are being made available to the patients at these centres at affordable rates. Due to this, especially the needy patients are getting financial relief. In this, the rates of many medicines are 80-90 per cent less than the market. The government is opening more than a hundred Jan Aushadhi Kendras in the coming time.

In this, about 60 centres will be allowed to be run by private people. Although earlier the rules did not allow private individuals to run the centre, recently, the participation of the private sector has been increased by amending the norms so that the scope of affordable medicines can be expanded more.

Apart from this, opening about 60 new centres in government hospitals and other medical centres are being made. In this, the centres will be started by taking the services of registered pharmacists. In January last year, applications were invited by the Health Department to open new Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Kendras.

In this, new centres are to be opened in all ten districts of the Kashmir division and nine districts of the Jammu division. In addition, more new centres will be opened in the capital, Srinagar and Jammu.

Vivek Bhardwaj, Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Medical Education, said that for the new Jan Aushadhi Kendras, a special focus had been given to remote and hilly areas. Its purpose is to ensure that the patients in the above areas can get proper and affordable medicines. As a result, more than a hundred new centres are soon being opened in the state.

Amish Mahajan