Jaipur: In a bid to expand availability of drugs under free medicine scheme, categories of over 100 medicines which already existed in free medicine scheme have been changed.
“After change in categories of drugs and with the inclusion of 102 new medicines, the number of drugs available under the scheme has increased. At hospitals attached to medical colleges, there were 831 medicines, which will be increased to 933. At district hospitals, number of free medicines will increase from 744 to 818,” said Dr K K Sharma, director (health), health department.
After the change of category, those drugs which were available at district hospitals, will now be made available at community health centres. The state government has made availability of drugs at its different level of clinical establishments by categorising the medicines.
There were 15 medicines which were only available at hospitals attached to government-run medical colleges such as Jaipur’s Sawai Man Singh Hospital will now be made available at district hospitals across the state after change in category.
Also, there are 36 medicines, whose category has been changed so that they will be made available for patients at community health centres across the state. Earlier, these 36 medicines were available at hospitals attached to medical colleges and district hospitals.
In the process of giving boost to free medicine scheme, the procurement process of 102 new medicines has also been initiated which will add more benefit to the free medicine scheme for the patients.