He inaugurated the 7500th Janaushadhi Center at NEIGRIHMS, Shillong through Videocon as part of his address at the ‘Janaushadhi Divas' function.
Urging the Janaushadhi Centers to buy affordable medicines, prime minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated the 7500th Janushadhi Center at NEIGRIHMS in Shillong as part of his address as ‘Janaushadhi Day'.
“You are my family and your illness is the illness of my family members, so I want all my countrymen to be healthy. Janaushadhi Yojana relieves the poor from high medical expenses, ”the Prime Minister said while interacting with the beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Yojana. He said that due to affordability, patients were taking essential medicines for better health outcomes.
“Jan Dhan Yojana is becoming a great friend of poor and middle class families. It is becoming a medium for both service and employment. Six years ago there were not even 100 centers in India and we hope to achieve the target of 10,000 centers. Poor and middle class families are saving about 3,600 crore every year on expensive medicines.
Adding to the scheme that more than 1,000 centers were being run among women, ‘self-reliance' among women was promoted, with the Prime Minister commenting that the incentive for additional incentives to promote the scheme was from 2.5 Was raised from lakh to lakh 5 lakh. Dal 2 lakhs for Dalits, Adivasi women and people from the Northeast.
Shri Modi said that the demand for medicines and surgeries has increased in India. “Production is also increasing with increasing demand. A large number of employment opportunities are also being created. There are now 75 AYUSH medicines available in Janushadhi centers. Patients will get benefit by getting AYUSH medicines at low cost and also in the field of Ayurveda and AYUSH medicine. ”
Pointing to the heavy burden of medical treatment on poor families, the Prime Minister said that in recent years efforts were being made to remove all forms of discrimination and treatment was accessible to every poor person in the country. For this, the prices of essential medicines, equipment related to heart stems, knee surgeries were reduced manifold. The Ayushman Yojana ensured free treatment of up to 5 lakh to over 50 crore poor families in the country. By now more than 1.5 crore people had taken advantage of it and saved around ₹ 30,000 crore.
While lambasting scientists for the Made in India coronovirus vaccine, he said that India today had vaccines not only for local use but also to help the world. He insisted that the government specifically took into account the interests of the poor and middle class for vaccination. Vaccination in government hospitals was free, and private hospitals were charging just free 250, the lowest in the world.
The Prime Minister emphasized the need for infrastructure for effective treatment and availability of quality medical staff. The government had started working on a holistic approach in extending health infrastructure from primary hospitals in villages to tertiary hospitals and medical colleges such as AIIMS.
“The government's effort is to make treatment cheaper, accessible to all. With this thinking policies and programs are being made today. The network of Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Project is spreading rapidly and reaching those who need it most.