In a bid to make people available quality medicines at affordable prices which is an important component of healthcare delivery system, the Government has recently announced that more Jan Aushadhi stores will be opened across the country in coming years.
Mansukh L Mandaviya, Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers, recently said the number of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendra (PMBJK) in the country under the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) has crossed 5,000-mark.
“By the year 2020, another 2,500 Jan Aushadhi stores will be opened in the country. Our aim is to have at least one such store at every block level,” he added.
He also urged people to buy the generic medicines from the nearest Jan Aushadhi centres as these stores provide quality medicines in affordable cost as compared to market rates.
“Health is one sector which is on priority of our government. Government is continuously working to provide affordable treatment and medicines at cheaper prices. Today if a patient starts his/her treatment, 70 per cent of money goes on buying medicines,” he said.
He further said that the demand of generic medicine is growing and Jan Aushadi stores across the country are serving 10-15 lakh people per day.
Under the PMBJP, the government provides more than 800 medicines and 154 surgicals through Jan Aushadhi kendras.