Nagaland: Free essential drugs at govt dispensaries starting June

Nagaland: Free essential drugs at govt  dispensaries starting June

Morung Express News
Dimapur | May 26

The Nagaland State Government has provided the first list of medicines which will be available for free at all government dispensaries from the month of June onwards.

This was revealed by Principal Secretary, Health & Family Welfare cum Food Safety Commissioner, I Himato Zhimomi in a tweet, adding that more lists of free medicines will be revealed soon. The first list contains 47 medicines ranging from tablets to IV Sets.

Zhimomi informed The Morung Express that this initiative to provide free medicine to the public is part of the National Health Mission’s (NHM) Free Essential Drugs Initiative.

The Principal Secretary stated that the Nagaland State government is augmenting by providing grants to provide free medicines. This does not entail all types of medicines but at least some essential drugs, he stated, adding that further lists will be brought out for public awareness.

Under the National Health Mission’s Free Essential Drugs Initiative, support is provided for provision of essential drugs free of cost in public health facilities. The support is not only for drugs but also for various components necessary for effective implementation of Free Drug Service Initiative viz. strengthening/setting up robust systems of procurement, quality assurance, IT backed supply chain management systems like Drugs and Vaccines Distribution Management Systems (DVDMS) developed by CDAC, warehousing, prescription audit, grievance redressal, Information, Education and Communication (IEC), training, dissemination of Standard Treatment Guidelines, etc.

All States are reported to have notified policy to provided free essential drugs in public health facilities. Under NHM, incentives were provided to States to implement the Free Drug Service Initiative.

The initiative says that the states must have a facility-wise Essential Drug List (EDL) and display them prominently at each facility.

This article appeared in the print edition of The Morung Express on May 18 under the headline, ‘Free essential drugs at govt dispensaries starting June’