'Dist, taluk hospitals will have generic drug stores by Dec'

Minister promises four new '108' ambulances to district

The State government will open generic drug stores which provide medicines at subsidised rates in all district and taluk hospitals by December, said Minister for Health and Family Welfare U T Khader.  

Speaking to mediapersons following his visit to Green Valley School, Shiroor PHC and gram panchayat on Friday, he said  generic drug stores will ensure availability of medicines at an affordable prices for the patients.

The patients at the government hospitals were being asked to purchase medicines from outside due to shortage of medicines. With the setting up of generic drug stores, medicines will be available in the hospital premises itself.

If there was no stock of prescribed medicines, it is the responsibility of the hospital authorities to ensure the availability of the medicines. He said that the government is contemplating to set up diagnostic centres, sophisticated lab, implants and surgical stores in the main health centres of all the districts.

Charges for tests would be fixed by the State government and would be cheaper than what was being charged at private diagnostic centres. 

Khader said that the state government will recruit 983 specialists doctors , 321 MBBS degree holders, 87 dental surgeons and 3000 nurses, lab technicians, C and D group staff through KPSC shortly.  About 198 new 108 ambulances would be pressed into public service. Of which, four would be given to Udupi district.

“The government will ensure that there was no shortage of medicines in the government hospitals. The hospital head should send indent for the demand for drugs. The government is mulling over generating the computerised data of all patients who are treated at government hospitals.”

The health department will shortly launch a mobile app, by which people can send photographs of the state of affairs at government hospitals.

Green Valley School Managing Trustee Syed Abdul Kader promised Rs 2.5 crore for the sophisticated  general  and maternity hospitals which will come up at Shiroor.

He also announced Rs 15,000 and Rs 7,500 incentives for the doctors and nurses who agree to work in the newly  built hospitals with government assistance.

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