Sambalpur, Jan. 29: The Jana Oushadhi (generic medicine) stores will soon be opened in the district headquarters hospital and Veer Surendra Sai Medical College and Hospital in Burla.
“We have set a target to open the Jana Oushadhi stores by February 15. The Sambalpur collector has presided over a meeting in this regard. The chief district medical officer of Sambalpur, superintendent of Veer Surendra Sai Medical College and Hospital of Burla and the Sambalpur drug inspector were present in the meeting,” said secretary of the Red Cross Society in Sambalpur Sukanta Tripathy.
“It has been decided that the Jana Oushadhi stores in the both the hospitals will remain open from 9am to 5pm everyday. Drug licence holder and a helper will be recruited at both the stores. If we get a good response, we will think of providing 24X7 services in the stores,” said Tripathy.
“The chief district medical officer of Sambalpur will supervise the store in the district headquarters hospital and the superintendent of Veer Surendra Sai will do it at the Burla facility,” said Tripathy.
Chief district medical officer of Sambalpur Panchanan Patel said: “The people will now avail themselves of some of the medicines at a cheaper rate in the stores.”
“This had been a long-pending demand. It is a good news that the authority finally took initiative to open these generic medicines stores in the district. With the opening of the stores, the dream to get drugs at a cheaper price will come true now,” said Pabitra Dora, a local resident.
“Market prices of some of the medicines are pretty high, thanks to the company brands. The same medicine of the same composition could be available at lesser price in the Jana Ousshadhi stores. So, the people will get the medicine at lesser price without compromising the quality,” said Sudhir Pujari, a social worker.
“At the generic medicine stores, the people will get some of the medicines at one fourth of the market price,” said Antaryami Panigrahi, another local resident.