Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Tuesday emphasised on making collective efforts to popularise generic medicines among the masses and extend the benefits of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana to every nook and corner of the Union Territory.
Sinha addressing the fifth Jan Aushadhi Diwas celebrations under Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana here at GMC Jammu through virtual mode, said, “Besides extending quality, affordable generic medicines to common people, the scheme is providing excellent opportunity of self-employment to women and youth.”
The Lt Governor highlighted the reforms introduced to ensure quality, affordable and accessible healthcare for the people of Jammu Kashmir.
“Under the guidance of PM Narendra Modi, we are strengthening the health sector to ensure well being of all. Our biggest asset is the health of the citizens. Around 350 modern health infrastructure projects coming up in UT for resilient health system and strong socio-economic growth”, said the Lt Governor.
“Along with conventional economic metric like GDP, we should also focus on Gross Health and Happiness of people. Healthy and happy society can enable economic benefits and all-round development,” the Lt Governor said.
He said affordable medicines from Jan Aushadhi Kendras have resulted in saving of huge sums for families across the country, adding, “approximately 32,000 patients are visiting 227 Kendras every day in J&K UT.”
“It is our endeavour to start 75 Jan Aushadhi Kendras in every district to mark Amrit Kaal”, the Lt Governor noted.
Week-long events have been organised across J&K to commemorate the Jan Aushadhi Diwas.
Jan Aushadhi Kendra’s and other stakeholders were felicitated for their contribution in promoting generic medicines and menstrual health and hygiene.
Bhupinder Kumar, Administrative Secretary, Health and Medical Education Department; Dr. Shashi Sudan Sharma, Principal, GMC Jammu; Nodal Officer of PMBJP and other senior officials were present on the occasion.