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North Tura MLA and Adviser to the Chief Minister Thomas A Sangma, inaugurated the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Kendra (Store) at Tura Civil Hospital on Monday.
The Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP), is a campaign launched by the department of pharmaceuticals in collaboration with the Central Pharma Public Sector undertakings, to provide quality medicines at affordable prices to the people through dedicated outlets called Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Jan Aushadi Kendras (Stores).
Although the generic medicines sold over the counter of Jan Aushadi Kendras are much cheaper compared to general pharmacies, the efficacy and the potency of the medicines are the same as any other brand.
West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner Ram Singh, Tura Municipal Board chairman J.D. Sangma, Jt. Director of Health Services & Superintendent of Tura Civil Hospital Dr Minakshi A. Sangma and District Medical & Health Officer Dr Marwin R. Sangma were among those present during the inauguration apart from the hospital staff.
Dedicating the Kendra (store) to the people, the North Tura MLA said that with the opening of the Kendra, the people, especially the poor and the needy, could finally purchase many generic but quality and life-saving drugs at affordable rates.
Highlighting the importance of making quality medicines available for the people at cheap rates, Sangma said he would take special interests and initiatives to open more ‘Kendras’ in every corner of the state.
"The MDA Government headed by Conrad Sangma accords topmost priority to health sectors to ensure that people of the state lead a healthy life," he said.
According to him, when a person gets sick, the entire family is affected to a point where people had to sell their properties and valuables to treat their family members.
“This could have been avoided if quality but cheap medicines were available for such a family in distress,” Sangma said.
He also informed that he would buy sanitary napkins (pads) in bulk from the Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI) and distribute it to the needy.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Ram Singh pointed out that they had looked around for a like-minded person to run the pharmacy and found a young and enthusiastic local entrepreneur, Dabo Marak, who they have entrusted to run the Jan Aushadhi Kendra in Tura Civil Hospital.
(Edited by Ladiangti Rani)