150 Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Kendras To Be Opened In Madhya Pradesh by March 2017

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This will help increase availability of low cost medicines to the poor and create new employment opportunities

Bhopal, September 2016 : The Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Scheme will now be implemented in Madhya Pradesh at a faster pace. Under the Scheme about 150 Jan Aushadhi Kendras will be opened in and around government hospitals and primary health centres across the State by March 2017. Pharmacy students, NGOs and doctors will be eligible to open these stores. In order to give these stores initial support incentives upto Rs.2.5 lakh will be given.

This was stated in a one day seminar organised here on Friday by PHD Chamber and Department of Pharmaceuticals, New Delhi. Mr. Vivek Seigell, Director, PHD Chamber, New Delhi; Mr. Sunil Sharma, Director, BPPI, Department of Pharmaceuticals, New Delhi; Dr. Vijay Kumar, Chairman, Taskforce on Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Yojna and Mr Rakesh Munshi, Joint Director, Hospital Administration, Department of Health & Family Welfare, Govt of Madhya Pradesh addressed the seminar.

Mr. Vivek Seigell informed that about 150 Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Kendras are to be opened in Madhya Pradesh by March 2017. This will help increase the availability of low cost generic medicines to the poor besides it will create new employment opportunities. In case of shortage of medicines, the Government hospitals will be authorised to buy medicines from these stores without any tender.

Mr Rakesh Munshi said that the State Government will provide all possible support to set up these stores. The closed shops of Rogi Kalyan Samitis will also be made available for setting up these stores.

Dr Vijay Kumar said Department of Pharmaceuticals will soon set up a Skill Council with the help of Pharmacy Council of India, PHD Chamber and the local councils of respective States. This new Council will provide skill training to the young pharmacists so that they become industry ready and can explore employment in research and other areas.