Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendra, MOU signed between UP Government and Union Government in Lucknow

Lucknow, 11th August, 2017 : A Memorandum of Understanding was signed today in Lucknow for Aushdhi Centre, between UP government and the Union Government, under which about 1000 Jan Aushadhi Kendra (JAK) will be opened under the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendra. With the aim of making a success of World Health Organization, slogan, “Health for All” government is making all round efforts to give generic medicine facilities to the poor, backward classes and the down trodden through its Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendra”.
The UP Medical and Health Minister Siddarth Nath Singh, throwing light on the MOU, said the medical fraternity and the government hospitals should apprise the public about generic medicines, and through educating them by public awareness programs. Mr. Singh said Pan Masala should be banned. He said that due to our lifestyle, the cases of BP, Diabetics, and Cancer patients was rising at a alarming speed and UP contributes a large percentage, of this. It has been diagnosed due to Pan Masala.
Earlier Union Chemical & Fertilizers Minister, Mansukh L. Mandwia, said UP government is doing a good job in Medical & health field. He further added that this Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendra will provide medicines available at affordable prices for all, particularly the poor and the disadvantaged through the outlets, all over India. So as to reduce and redefine the unit cost of treatment per person. He said that this will bring down the healthcare budget of every citizen through providing quality generic medicines, at affordable prices. The PMBJK is a noble project launched by Government of India, in the year 2008 for the noble cause “Quality medicines at affordable prices for all”. The first Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendra was opened on 25th Nov 2008 at Amritsar It was to run on No Profit- No Loss principle. The scheme was heavily dependent on Government. However as on 31st March, 2012 only 157 Kendras could be opened and later many of them were unfunctional.
Availability, Acceptability, Accessibility, Affordability, Awareness, and Effective Implementation of the scheme SAP 2015 was approved by Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers in Sept 2015.
The Minister further informed that as of 31st May, 2017 Product Basket contains more than 1100 items, (1000 medicines and 154 surgical and consumables) and secondly medicines contains covers the most commonly known therapeutic groups, BPPI has established a central warehouse at IDPL complex. Besides 8 C & F agents and 44 distributors appointed to spread over different states, in the country. And lastly more than 1500 Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendra spread over 31 states already commenced operations.
The key features of the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojayana (PMBJP} are that any state government or any other organization, reputed NGO, Trust, Private hospitals, Charitable organizations, Doctors, unemployed, Pharmacist, individual entrepreneurs are eligible to apply for new Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendra.
They have to employ registered pharmacist. They have to submit application to BPPI. IM has also been included in this scheme. IM has opened a Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendrain its HQ premises and recommends the opening of at its branches all over India.
All state governments shall be requested to open Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendra in government run hospitals and medical colleges, all over India.
Minister Siddarth Nath Singh was very critical of the previous government of mismanagement and decline in the medical services. According to him about 7500 vacancies of Doctors is there in government hospitals in UP. The ambulance services is in horrible condition according to him, for which he again held the previous government responsible. He said that new tendering will be done in September 2017 for the same. Stent cost have come down to as much as Rs. 8000/- from Rs. 70000/- and in other cases from Rs. 1.5 lakhs to Rs. 30000/- only. About 150 surgical equipments have been included. The Minister acknowledged that swine flu cases have increased but they are lesser in number in UP as compared to Delhi or Kerala, in UP the number is 385, out of that 13 deaths have been reported, in Delhi it is 700 cases, Kerala 1500 cases. He also said that government has vigorously increased Anti Worming Campaign at various medical colleges and hospitals.
By Afzal Ali Shah Maududi, Editor.