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Medicine stores where the common man can easily avail of generic drugs were inaugurated by the health minister, Hemlal Murmu, at the Sadar Hospital and Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) on Wednesday.

"We had promised to open generic medicine stores in the state on August 15. In the first stage, we will set up such stores in all district Sadar hospitals and medical colleges in Ranchi, Dhanbad, and Jamshedpur. In the second stage we will focus on block level hospitals and primary health centres," said the minister.

The minister said many poor people cannot afford costly medicines because of which many deaths occur in critical circumstances. Earlier, medicines which cost Rs 15 will now cost only Rs 3. "The quality will be the same. There will be laboratory tests from time to time to maintain quality," assured the minister.

Principal secretary, health, K Vidyasagar, said, "It's an important milestone in the health sector. There are many advantages of generic medicines and we will try our best to make them available at the stores. All these medicines will be from public sector undertaking companies (PSUs). They will be available at the medical colleges and hospitals."

Doctors have been directed to prescribe generic drugs to patients. And if they fail they will be hauled up. "The civil surgeon has to ensure that doctors prescribe these medicines from time to time. There will be prescription audit to keep a check on doctors," said Vidyasagar.

P Chandra, director in chief (health services), said, "With the help of five PSUs, we will try to set up a super stock store where medicines of all companies will be available under one roof. Now every class of people can get generic medicines but the focus will be on the underprivileged. We need to create awareness about these drugs among the people." source-articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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Demand for more health aid for RIMS

A delegation, led by chief minister Arjun Munda and state health minister Hemlal Murmu, met Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad in Delhi on Tuesday and requested him to include the state in the Centre's list for setting up regional All India Institute of Medical Sciences ( AIIMS).

Munda explained to Azad the condition of health service in the state and the need of central assistance.

"We informed the Union minister about the situation here, the inaccessible terrains and Maoist problems and why we need to improve the situation," said Munda after a half-an-hour meeting with the Union minister.

Sources present at the meeting said the state also requested Azad to continue with the 85% central assistance to the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and other projects. The Centre has decided to provide only 75% assistance from the current fiscal for NRHM.

"We requested that the Centre should provide us 85% assistance as before or we will not be able to handle the huge expenditure," said the source.

The delegation also demanded assistance to upgrade the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), the biggest medical college and hospital in the state. Most of the departments in the hospital are managing day-to-day affairs with old equipment.

Officials said the Union minister was very positive and assured that he would visit Jharkhand with senior officers and discuss the problems faced by the state.

"The Union minister will be visiting Jharkhand in a couple of months' time and after a ground level assessment, he will provide assistance to help improve the health care system," the official said.  source-articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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