BPL card holders, senior citizens should get free meds: Dy CM
Narayan says PHCs should be open 24/7, keep all health data
Jana Aushadi outlets, the common man’s recourse to subsidised/free medicines, will come up in all 198 BBMP wards.
Announcing this at a presser on Wednesday at the BBMP head office, Deputy Chief Minister Dr CN Ashwath Narayan said, “Patients should not be sent off citing that there is no medicine at health centres. All necessary drugs should be provided at these centres. This apart, Jana Aushadi (generic medicine) centres should be opened in all 198 wards and also at 133 primary health centres. The health officials have been instructed to provide senior citizens and BPL card holders with free medicines.”
He said, “The primary health care centres should be kept opened 24/7 to provide the best healthcare to all needy people in the city. Nurses must be on duty at all times with telemedicine and tele consultation facilities. Senior citizens and BPL card holders should be provided medicine free of charge. In addition, those concerned are advised that specialist doctors should be available at all centres.”
On individual health report cards, Narayan said, “All 133 primary health centres will have a record of each individual. Asha and health workers should be able to record the health information of each person. Also, all the details of the person visiting the health centre, the disease, the treatment and the medication given should be recorded.”
In addition, BBMP should have recourse to all diagnostic and lab tests in the city, as well as all health checks, he said.
Gap Analysis Verification
In the background of Covid-19, officials should address shortages in primary care centres. The DCM also discussed the issues of increase in staff and supply of safety equipment such as masks, sanitizers, PPE kits and thermal scanners to the health centres.
During the review, officials said oxygen cylinders were available with nebulizers in all health centres, and a system would be set up in all urban primary care and referral hospitals as a precaution for respiratory distress cases.
BBMP’s Health Standing Committee Chairman G Manjunatha Raju was present.