The Legislative Assembly here today passed grants of Rs 3,036.61 crore for the Health and Medical Education Department for the current financial year.Winding up the discussion, in which 23 members participated, Minister for Health and Medical Education Bali Bhagat sought the support of legislators for improving the health sector in the state.“Health being the concern of everyone, we must make collective efforts to streamline its working so that the benefits of the facilities reach the common man. Efforts of just the minister are not sufficient in improving the system. The entire House should support fine-tuning of the healthcare system on the ground,” said the minister.He appreciated the concerns of the members for upgrade of health facilities in their respective areas. He said the government would do justice with every area and ensure equitable distribution of resources and manpower as per the actual requirements of the area.He said the department would devise a well-knit mechanism to make available the requisite staff, medicines, diagnostic equipment and other infrastructural facilities in the health institutions, with special focus on rural and far-flung areas to provide improved medicare to the patients on their doorsteps.“The government has already identified the gaps to improve the facilities and the Centre will be approached for providing necessary funds for plugging those,” said the minister.The Health Minister said that during its short stint of two months to rejuvenate the health sector, the government had taken various measures which included implementation of the Free Drug Policy from June 1 in all health institutions (except tertiary hospitals).“Most of the essential drugs will be available to the patients free of cost in the health institutions and doctors have been instructed to prescribe all available drugs to the patients and the prescriptions would also be put to audit regularly to strictly enforce the policy,” the Health Minister said.“The details of the drugs and other facilities available in the hospitals will be prominently displayed for the information of the common man,” he added.
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