Siliguri, Sept. 23: Patients at the Siliguri district hospital can soon purchase medicines at prices 40-50 per cent below the market rate with the Rogi Kalyan Samiti deciding to open a Jan Aushudhi Kendra at the facility in October.
The opening of the fair price medicine shop was announced after the Rogi Kalyan Samiti (RKS) of the hospital met yesterday. North Bengal development minister Gautam Deb, who is also the RKS chairman, and the district medical officer of health of Darjeeling, Subir Bhowmik, were present at the meeting.
“Earlier this year, the state government had decided to open Jan Aushudhi Kendra or fair price shops at five hospitals in north Bengal, including SDH and North Bengal Medical College and Hospital. Accordingly, we have completed all formalities to open the store at the district hospital. Since everything is ready, it was decided at the RKS meeting yesterday that the shop should be opened before the Pujas next month. The government has also chosen the company that will run the shop,” said a district health official.
Medicines will be available at the Jan Aushudhi Kendra by their generic names and will cost 40 to 50 per cent less than the market price. “The shop will remain open round-the-clock. Apart from patients admitted to the district hospital and those visiting the out-patient-departments, outsiders can also purchase medicines from the shop. The medicines will be available by their generic names, not their brand names,” said the official.
The meeting also decided to provide funds to the hospital for buying medicines from outside as the supply from the district reserve store was irregular.