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Free medicine scheme ‘Niramaya’ from May 1 in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, April 28: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday announced the launching of the scheme ‘Niramaya’, a free medicine distribution scheme in Government Hospitals from May 1.

The State Government has made a budgetary allocation of Rs 200 crore for provision of free medicines through Odisha State Medical Corporation (OSMC).

 “To support our people and to reduce their burden on expensive medicines, the State Government has decided to implement the free medicine distribution scheme in Government Hospitals through the newly created State Government undertaking OSMC. Drug distribution counters will be set up in the Medical Colleges, District Headquarters Hospitals, CHCs, SDHs for dispensing medicines to patients,” said the Chief Minister attending a workshop on “Operationalisation of the free medicine distribution scheme.”
The Chief Minister also inaugurated the new office building of the OSMC.

Patnaik stated that 598 additional posts of pharmacists have been created at district levels for smooth management of the scheme.

Patnaik further stated that free medicines for cancer, haemophilia, thalassemia sickle cell disease, psychiatric medicines and other diseases would be supplied before the end of this year.


The Chief Minister further stated that through the OSMC the Government would ensure basic minimum free diagnostics at various health facilities.

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