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Naveen launches Free Medicine Distribution Scheme

Bhubaneswar April 29: Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik has launched a free medicine distribution scheme "Niramaya" to provide medicines to the patients without cost.

The medicines will be available at all the government hospitals, community health centres from May 1. The scheme will be implemented throughout the state in phased manner.

The welfare scheme was launched yesterday. The facility will be initially available to all the patients in the medical colleges, the district hospitals, later in community health centres, sub-divisional hospitals, primary health centres and sub-centres.

Under this scheme, the patients can avail free medicines for cancer, heart, diabetes, hemophilia, thalassemia, sickle cell disease, psychiatric medicines and other chronic diseases.

The government has allocated around Rs 200 crore for this provision in the state budget.

Under this provision, the drug distribution counters will be set up in medical colleges, and hospitals. The medicines will be given as per the prescriptions given by the doctors. The prescription will be scanned and kept it with them for the audit.

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