Shimla: For making medicines affordable to the poor, the state health authorities intend to open 12 Jan Aushadhi Centerâ€™ for which a memorandum of understanding was recently signed with Bureau of Pharmaceuticals, a government of India undertaking.
These Jan Aushadhi Centers would be opened at 10 district hospitals and two others at the two government medical colleges at IGMC, Shimla and Tanda Medical college at Kangra, said PC Dhiman, principal secretary health.
Medicines available at these centers that are much cheaper than the branded drugs would provide much relief to the poor in the state, especially those who are below the poverty line, he added.
The state government was in touch with the central government pharmaceutical department for opening of these center at the earliest, said Dhiman.
Places of opening of all the Jan Aushadhi Centers had been indentified; infrastructure staff and other facilities would be provided soon and they would become functional within 45 days, said the principal secretary of health.