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Manipur Launches Scheme Ensuring Access to Quality Medicines

Manipur Launches Scheme Ensuring Access to Quality Medicines
May 06
12:19 2017

Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh launched the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) by opening the first Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Kendra (PMBJK) of the State at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) in Imphal on Friday. The scheme launched by the Government ensures access to good quality medicines at a cheaper price.

Union Minister of State for Chemical and Fertilizers, Mansukh L. Mandaviya, and Manipur Health and Family Welfare Minister, L. Jayantakumar also attended the launching function held at JNIMS auditorium as guest of honour and president respectively.

Speaking on the occasion, Biren, who was the chief guest, said that human lives are infinitely precious and the Central Government led by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi is committed to providing quality medicines at an affordable price to the people of the country.

As such, the State Government decided to launch the scheme at the earliest possible time soon after Mandaviya discussed the matter with him during his last visit to the State about two weeks back, the Chief Minister said. He added that people would now get generic medicines having the same composition as branded drugs at a much cheaper price from PMBJKs.

Stating that sincerity is the key to good governance, Biren conveyed that he had directed his Council of Ministers to serve the people with utmost honesty and sincerity. Regarding his Government’s commitment towards bringing egalitarian development in the State, the Chief Minister said that he would convene review meetings of developmental works and projects being undertaken in all the districts regularly.

In his speech, Union MoS Mandaviya stated that the Central Government had vowed to take on the mantle of making healthcare affordable to the middle class and poor people of the country. Stating that people need not worry about the quality of generic medicines available under PMBJP, the MoS clarified that these medicines/drugs had been tested at multiple levels and certified by WHO.

Observing that healthcare usually requires huge sums of money and sometimes give a big burden to poor families, Mandaviya expressed hope that PMBJP would give a great sigh of relief to the people of the country as selected medicines and medical devices would now be available at affordable prices under the scheme.

Stent makers had recently vented out their ire on the Government for hugely slashing the price of bare metal stents, the Minister said. However, this move has benefitted millions of poor people, he added. He also urged the doctors to prescribe generic medicines instead of costly branded medicines in order to help the poor people. Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI), which is the nodal implementing agency of PMBJP, also provides one-time financial assistance of up to Rs 2.5 lakh to those who wish to open a PMBJK, he said.

Speaking at the occasion, Health and Family Welfare Minister, L Jayantakumar urged the public not to spread wrong propaganda against generic medicines. He said that quality had not been compromised in manufacturing generic medicines, which are to be distributed under PMBJP.

He expressed hope that the medical fraternity of the State would join hand with the Government in making PMBJP a success. The dignitaries present at the function also distributed licences for opening 26 PMBJKs in different parts of the State. Later, the Chief Minister opened the first PMBJK of the State at the Block adjacent to JNIMS OPD.

It may be mentioned that the Government provides more than 600 medicines and 154 medical devices at an affordable price through PMBJKs.

-Newmai News Network

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