Govt mulls stocking emergency medicines in ration shops
In a unique initiative the state government is planning to stock emergency medicines at ration shops across the state so that people living in far off villages can avail them from their nearest ration shops at the time of crisis.
Two government departments — state Health department and the Food and Supplies will tie up to launch this scheme which will immensely benefit a large number of people in the remote villages where there are hardly any medicine shops.
According to a top Health department official, this new initiative has been taken only to cater to the villages that often face serious challenges arising from the non-availability of medicine shops.
Both the state government departments will tie up to launch the new initiative after the Chief Minister had instructed the departments to ensure that the people from the remotest villages get medicines. It was learnt that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during her visit to the districts talked to the senior officials of the Food and Supplies department on how to implement the new initiative and sought opinion of the officials for the implementation of the scheme.
It has also been learnt that the Chief Minister has asked the Food and Supplies department to execute the project as early as possible. The Food and Supplies department will submit a report to the state Finance department soon and the project will start after getting the final nod from the Finance department.
A senior official of state Food and Supplies department said that emergency medicines would be available at the ration shops in the remote areas at a cheaper price as the people are now getting the medicines at discounted rates at the fair price medicine shops at various state-run medical colleges and hospitals throughout the state.