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Free Medicine Scheme proves a boon to needy and weaker sections, 1,374 medicines made available free in state health institutions, Rs. 216 cr. spent

Health sector is the top priority of the state government.
Various schemes had been launched by the government to facilitate the people of weaker section with quality health services. Free Medicine Scheme is one of them, which proves a boon to the needy. Under this scheme, medicines are being provided free of cost to all the patients in various government health institutions.

About 1,374 medicines are being made available free of cost by the state government in all the state health institutions. 885 medicines are being made available free of cost in regional hospitals, civil hospitals and medical colleges, 417 at primary health centers and 72 medicines for various diseases at health sub-centre level.

Under Free Medicine scheme, 16,29,425 medicines have been distributed through various health institutions during the tenure of the present government so far. By this initiative, 10,63,153 medicines have been distributed through health institutions, health camps, Anganwaris, Jan Manch, etc. from 1st April, 2021 to November, 2021 whereas 5,66,272 medicines have been distributed in various public health institutions across the state.

Under this scheme, adequate budget is also being made available by the state government. So far, an amount of almost Rs. 216 crore has been spent by the state government on the procurement of essential medicines.

State Government is also ensuring that free medicines are being provided to health institutions regularly, for which necessary steps are being taken. Procurement process has been simplified to maintain the supply chain of medicines and all 12 Chief Medical Officers, 4 Medical Superintendent, 6 Medical Colleges, 9 Regional Hospital and 3 Zonal Hospital were authorised to procure medicines under E-aushadhi portal. Procurement orders of essential medicines were issued by the authorities on regular basis.

Under the visionary leadership of Chief Minister, State Government has started various schemes to provide modern health facilities available for each and everyone. In addition, the people are being benefitted by specialised health facilities under schemes like Mukhyamantri Sahara Yojana and Mukhyamantri Himachal Healthcare Yojana-Himcare.