Odisha to issue medicine pass book to poor patientsPress Trust of India
Odisha govenrment will issue medicine pass books to over 59 lakh beneficiaries of its Niramaya scheme. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik reviewed today the Nirmaya scheme which completed one year of implementation at a meeting here which took the decision, a CMO release said.
Under the scheme poor patients are given free of cost medicines at the government run hospitals. The medicine pass books will be issued first at Acharya Harihar Regional Cancer Centre at Cuttack, the release said.
Patnaik directed health department officials to prepare a roadmap within one month to offer common minimum diagnostics at different medical colleges, district headquarters hospitals and other health institutions. The Common minimum diagnostics will include radiological and pathological diagnostics.
The Nirmaya scheme has 59-25 lakh beneficiaries and covers almost all community health centres (CHCs) in the state, the release said. Procurement of medicines for 2016-17 will begin by August 1. About 421 varieties of medicines are distributed among the patients under the Niramaya scheme, it added.
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Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, Chief Secretary AP Padhi, Additional Chief Secretary to the Chief Minister UN Behera, Health Secretary Arati Ahuja and senior officials attended the meet. The Chief Minister directed the Health Department officials to prepare a roadmap within one month to offer common minimum diagnostics at different medical colleges, district headquarters hospitals and other health institutions. The common minimum diagnostics will include radiological and pathological diagnostics.