New Delhi, March 8, 2021: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed Janaushadhi Diwas celebrations through video conference and dedicated to the nation the 7500th Janaushadhi Kendra at NEIGRIHMS, Shillong.
He also interacted with beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana.
Stakeholders were recognized by the Prime Minister for their excellent work. Union Ministers D. V. Sadananda Gowda, Mansukh Mandaviya, Anurag Thakur, Chief Ministers of Himachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Deputy Chief Ministers of Meghalaya and Gujarat were present on the occasion.
PM interacts with beneficiaries of Janaushadhi Kendras
The Prime Minister interacted with beneficiaries, Kendra Sanchalak, Jan Aushadhi Mitras at five locations – Shimla, Himachal Pradesh; Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh; Ahmedabad, Gujarat; Maruthi Nagar, Diu and Mangalore, Karnataka.
Interacting with the beneficiaries, the Prime Minister requested them to adopt a healthy lifestyle. He told them that due to affordability, patients are taking the required medicines leading to better health outcomes. He praised the youth promoting the Janaushadhi movement and asked them to help in the ongoing vaccine drive.
The Prime Minister asked the beneficiaries to spread the word about the benefits of Janaushadhi.
He said, “You are my family and your ailment is ailment of my family members, that is why, I want all my countrymen to stay healthy.”
The Prime Minister noted that the Janaushadhi Yojana is becoming a big friend of poor and middle class families. It is becoming the medium of both service and employment.
The scheme is providing affordable medicine to people in hilly areas, Northeast and tribal areas, Modi noted.
He said that dedication of the 7500th centre is important as there were not even 100 centres in India six years ago. He asked to achieve the target of 10000 centres.
Benefits of Janaushadhi Kendra
Poor and middle class families are saving about Rs 3600 crore every year on expensive medicines.
He said that the scheme is promoting Atma Nirbharta among women as more than 1000 centers are being run by the women. The Prime Minister remarked that in order to promote the scheme, incentive has been enhanced from 2.5 lakh to 5 lakh with additional incentive of 2 lakh for Dalit, Aadivasi women and people of the Northeast.
The Prime Minister noted that the demand for India made medicines and surgery has increased.
Production is also increasing to keep up with the increasing demand.
Employment opportunities through Janaushadhi Kendra
A large number of employment opportunities are also being created. He said that now 75 AYUSH medicines are also available in Jan Aushadhi centers. Patients will benefit by getting AYUSH medicines cheaply and the field of Ayurveda and AYUSH Medicine will also be benefitted.
He pointed out, for a holistic approach to health, the Government has worked on the causes of disease too.
Pointing out the enormous burden of medical treatment on the poor families, the Prime Minister said that in the recent years, efforts are being made to remove all types of discrimination in the treatment and medical treatment has been made accessible to every poor person of the country.
For this, prices of essential medicines, heart stents, knee surgery related equipment have been reduced manifold, said the Prime Minister. He said Ayushman Yojana has ensured free treatment up to Rs 5 lakh, for the country’s more than 50 crore poor families. So far more than 1.5 crore people have taken advantage of it and saved about Rs 30,000 crore.
Made in India Corona vaccine
The Prime Minister lauded the scientist for the Made in India Corona vaccine and said, today India has vaccines not only for local use but also for helping the world. He stressed that the Government specially kept the interest of the poor and middle class in mind for vaccination. The vaccination is free in the government hospitals and private hospitals are charging just Rs 250 which is the lowest in the world.
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The Prime Minister stressed on the need for having infrastructure for effective treatment and availability of quality medical staff. He said that the Government has started working on a holistic approach in extending the health infrastructure from primary hospitals in villages to tertiary hospitals and medical colleges like AIIMS.
The Prime Minister said that the effort of the government today is to make the treatment cheaper, accessible for everyone. With this thinking policies and programs are being made today. He added that Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Project’s network spread rapidly and reached as many people as possible.