Odisha Govt. Launches Free Drugs Scheme, ‘Niramaya’, Free Diagnostic Service By Year- End

By B.Maharana

29 April, Bhubaneswar

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched Free Drugs Distribution Scheme- ‘Niramaya’ here on Tuesday.

Under the ‘Niramaya’ scheme , as many as 720 Medicines listed in the Emergency Drugs List, would be distributed free of cost to the patients in all the Government run Hospitals including Medical College and Hospital.

However in the first phase , as 150 Medicines would be provided to the patients being treated in Medical College and Hospitals District Head Quarter Hospitals free of cost.

The Niramaya scheme would be managed by State Public Sector Odisha Medicine Corporation. State Government has made budget provision of Rs.200 crore to implement the FDDS , said Chief Minister Patnaik said.

Patnaik also announced that State Government was in the process to launch a Free Diagnostic Scheme by end of the current year . The proposed FDS would provide basic diagnostic services free of cost to the patients across Government hospitals .

The diagnostic tests would include Malaria, Dengue, HIV , Hepatitis, A, B and E, Tuberculosis , Water-borne diseases as well as basic tests like Complete Blood Count, Blood Sugar, Bilirubin, Urea Creatinine , Sodium and Potassium.

The scheme would be managed bu the State PSU-Odisha Medical Services Corporation.

Patnaik said about Rs.500 core has been provided in the budget this year for health care sector infrastructure development to bring about visible improvement in healthcare services with dedicated infrastructure.

The State Health Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak said OSMC would set highest standards for ensuring provisioning of quality medicines to the people.

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