Saturday 29 September 2012

Uttarakhand government plans to distribute free medicines

Following the footsteps of Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand government has decided to distribute free generic medicines in the states.

The Uttarakhand government has enlisted 426 generic medicines and 300 chemicals and surgical items which will be distributed for free in the state via 755 medical units.

The medicines will be distributed to the BPL card holders as well as to the APL families. With this scheme, the Uttarakhand state Government have not only aims at providing free medicines to the people but also aims at encouraging the use to generic medicines.

This scheme was first initiated by Tamil Nadu government which was later adopted by Rajasthan. A team from the Uttarakhand health department recently visited Rajasthan to study the details and feasibility of the scheme. The team had already prepared a blueprint for the implementation of the scheme in Uttarakhand. The department has also prepared a list of medicines for all kind of diseases and surgical items which will be distributed for free in the state.

This scheme is inspired with the list of medicines distributed by Tamil Nadu government and the World Health Organization (WHO). The money required for the implementation of the first phase of the scheme will be provided through National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).

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