Chief Minister launched Shri Dhanwantri Generic Medical Store Scheme

84 Shri Dhanwantri Generic Medical Store Scheme stores started under the scheme

State Government is making consistent efforts to bring the expensive health services to the poorest of the poor: CM Bhupesh Baghel

In the medical stores opened under the scheme, Quality medicines will be available at 50 to 71 percent cheaper rates than the MRP

Mr. Baghel appealed doctors and pharmacists to popularize generic medicines

With the goal of universal health coverage, health services are being provided even in the inaccessible places

Raipur, 20 October 2021: Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel has said that the state government is making consistent efforts to make expensive health services available and accesible to the poorest of the poor. Many schemes have been started for to achieve this goal. In the same sequence, Shri Dhanwantri Medical Store Scheme has been launched today. Under this scheme, Generic medicines will be available in these medical stores at the cost 50 to 71 percent cheaper than the MRP. Chief Minister was addressing the inaugural program of Shri Dhanwantri Generic Medical Store scheme through video conferencing from his residence office today. Under this scheme, Chief Minister Mr. Baghel inaugurated 84 shops in the state. In these Shri Dhanwantri Generic Medical Stores, quality medicines will be made available at affordable rates to the consumers. People will get a discount of minimum 50.09 percent and maximum 71 percent discount on the MRP of medicines.

On the occasion, Chief Minister Mr. Baghel also inaugurated home kit and travel kit of medicines. This kit will be available for sale at Shri Dhanwantri Generic Medical Store. The home kit of medicines priced at Rs 691 will be available in these medical stores at Rs 290 and the travel kit which costs Rs 311 will be available at Rs 130.

     Under this scheme run by the Urban Administration and Development Department, State Government is planning to open 188 medical stores in 169 cities of the state in the near future. It will be mandatory for these medical stores to sell 251 types of generic medicines and 27 surgical products. Besides, Sanjeevani products of Forest Department, cosmetics products and baby food etc. will also be sold in these stored opened under the scheme. These medical stores will sell generic medicines of 20 reputed brands such as Cipla, Alembic, Ranbaxy, Cadila, Pfizer, which will be affordable as well as of high quality. These medical stores will also have pain killers and antipyretic, muscle relaxant, women's menstrual hygiene products, pregnancy related medicines, and the medicines of allergy, eye, ear, nose, throat disease, heart disease, cold-cough- fever, local and general anesthesia, Thyroid medicines, antifungal medicines, vitamin tablets and medicines for skin diseases etc.

Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel said on the occasion that the cost of healthcare services is a cause for concern all over the world. People often become victims of debt and inflation due to medical expenses. With the goal of universal health coverage, state government has started Mukhyamantri Haat Bazar Clinic Yojna, Mukhyamantri Shahari Slum Health Scheme in urban areas to provide better health services in remote areas. Dai-Didi Clinic scheme has also been started for women and adolescent girls.

      Chief Minister said that Mukhyamantri Suposhan Abhiyan and Malaria Mukt Abhiyan, which was started from Bastar, has been expanded to the entire state. Hospitals are being equipped with all kinds of facilities all the way from block-level to the district-level. New recruitments are being done on 4000 posts in the Health Department. Dr. Khubchand Baghel Swasthya Sahayata Yojana and Chief Minister's Special Health Scheme have been started with the aim of providing medical aid to the poorest of the poor. Under these schemes, medical aid of Rs 5 lakh to 20 lakh is provided to the people in need for treatment of serious diseases. Lack of money should not be a hindrance in accessing the medical treatment required. On this occasion, Chief Minister appealed the doctors and pharmacists to contribute in popularizing generic medicines and requested public representatives to publicize this scheme. Chief Minister said that the herbal medicines, organic products prepared by the forest dwellers will also be made available in these medical stores.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister interacted with the forest produce collectors, public representatives and the beneficiaries of the scheme in various districts of the state via video conferencing. Sumeet Kumar Yadav, the beneficiary from Korba informed that he has saved Rs.600 on buying medicines from these medical stores. Similarly, Ms. Parvati of Bastar told that she bought blood pressure medicine for Rs.50 instead of Rs.138.

Urban Administration Dr. Shivkumar Dahria and Forest Minister Mr. Mohammad Akbar also addressed the program. Secretary, Urban Administration Department, Mrs. Alarmelmangai D. gave detailed information about the scheme in the programme. He said that in future, home delivery of medicines would also be started from these medical stores. Industries Minister Mr. Kawasi Lakhma, School Education Minister Dr. Prem Sai Singh Tekam, MLAs Mr. Mohan Markam, Mr. Mohit Ram Kerketta and Mr. Purushottam Kanwar, Chief Secretary Mr. Amitabh Jain, Urban Administration and Development Department Secretary Mrs. Alarmelmangai D, State Chief Executive Officer of Urban Development Agency Mr. Saumil Ranjan Choubey was also present on the occasion. MLAs from different districts, Mayor councilors and many public representatives, collectors of the district also joined the program via video conferencing.

     Under Dhanwantri Generic Medical Store scheme, 15 medical stores have been opened in Durg district, 15 in Janjgir-Champa district, 6 each in Dhamtari, Korba and Raigarh districts, 5 in Rajnandgaon, 3-3 in Bilaspur, Kondagaon, Sukma and Bijapur districts, Raipur, Gaurela, two medical stores each in Pendra-Marwahi, Surajpur and Jashpur districts, 1-1 medical stores have been opened under the scheme in Mahasamund, Balodabazar-Bhatapara, Gariaband, Bemetara, Kabirdham, Sarguja, Balrampur-Ramanujganj, Bastar, Narayanpur, Kanker and Dantewada districts.

Paracetamol Tablet worth Rs.10.20 available at Rs.3.88, Diclofenac Gel worth Rs.105 available at Rs.39.90 at Shree Dhanwantri Generic Medical Stores

Huge discount on ORS and multivitamin syrup

The medical stores opened under Shri Dhanwantri Generic Medical Stores scheme, launched by Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel today, will sell quality generic medicines at the rates 50 to 71 percent cheaper than the MRP. In these medical stores, Paracetamol tablet worth Rs.10.20 will be available for Rs.3.88, Ciprofloxin Eye/Ear Drop worth Rs.39.75 will be available for Rs.15.11, Cetirizine Tablet worth Rs.18.48 will be available at Rs.7.02, Azithromycin Tablet worth Rs.70.69 will be available at Rs.26.86, Amoxicillin Capsule worth Rs.72.46 will be available at Rs.27.53 in these medical stores. Moreover, the stores will sell ORS worth Rs.17.96 at Rs.6.82, Multivitamin Syrup worth Rs.169 at Rs.64.22, Ofloxacin-Ornidazole Tablet worth Rs.145 at Rs.55.10, Diclofenac Gel worth Rs.105 at Rs.39.90, Clotrimazole Dusting Powder worth Rs.116 at Rs.44.08, Miconazole Cream worth Rs.90.50 at Rs.34.39.

     Surgical items including cotton, bandage, spirit, sugar test kit, oximeter, BP machine, thermometer, vaccine, IV etc will also be made available in these medical stores at discounted rates. Similarly, 69 Chhattisgarh herbal products include powder, soap, coffee, green tea, candy, cashew, mahua laddu, honey, broom etc will also be sold in these stores.

     Shri Dhanwantri Generic Medical Store will be opened in the middle of the city in the closest vicinity to the hospital. Under the profitable business model, shops are being provided to the businessmen at the rate of Rs. 2 per sq. ft. in municipal areas and Re. 1 per sq. ft. per month in municipalities and nagar panchayats for the purpose of saving investment in infrastructure. These medical stores have been given the freedom to buy medicines in the open markets. Soon the number of these shops will be increased to 188, so as to benefit maximum number of people. Besides, home delivery service of medicines will be started in the near future.