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Awareness drive on ‘Access to free medicine in govt hospital’

Bhubaneswar: With an aim to ensure better health services and to create awareness among different stakeholders regarding access to free medicines in all government hospitals, a one-day district level awareness campaign was organised on Monday.

The consultation was organised by city-based voluntary organisation Child and Women Development (CCWD) in collaboration with Oxfam India at Red Cross Bhawan here.

“The objective of the campaign was to ensure availability of free medicine in every government hospitals and to create awareness among people so that the poor people will be more benefited by the free medicines,” said Santosh Patra, member of Oxfam India.

During the talk, Dr Ritanjali Mishra, senior Gynaecologist reflected on implementation of free medicines under Niramaya scheme. Under the Niramaya scheme, patients can avail 570 types of drugs at various government health centres and hospitals.

A detailed scenario of Niramaya scheme, including its quality and efficacy of free medicine was shared by Gouranga Chandra Mohapatra, convenor of Jana Swasthya Aviyan during the discussion.

The consultation presided by Sadasiv Swain Secretary of CCWD. While the welcome address was given by Ashok Gochhi, the vote of thanks was given by Debabrata Mahunta.

Among others corporator of ward-2 Harish Chandra Murmu, corporator of ward no-37 Naba kishore Behera and corporator ward no-17 Susmita Das of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) also graced the occasion.

Saileshri Vihar residential security committee, ASM members, slum dwellers, Sakhi Club, School and College Student, Transgender Association, Abarjana Gotali Maha Sangha, Civil Society, NGO representatives and media personal also participated in the consultation.

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