Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched Gujarat Medical Services Corporation (GMSC) to ensure effective distribution and availability of life-saving drugs across the state.
Modi also flagged 20 Khilkhilat vans for ferrying a woman and her baby home from hospital after delivery. The new service launched in collaboration with GVK EMRI (on the lines of 108 Ambulance),a non-profit organisation,shall cover the state with 124 vans,in a phased manner. The Corporation,meant for effective distribution of drugs and to begin offering diagnostic medical services,was approved in the 2012 budget, Modi said at the event here.
This Khilkhilaat is an answer to those grumbling on states progress, the CM said.
Initially,the Corporation shall take over five depots functional at Gandhinagar,Patan,Amreli,Surat and Jamnagar under Central Medical Store Organisation (CMSO),a government institution, Health Minister Jaynarayan Vyas said.
With the launch of GMSC,state institution CMSO would be abolished.
Our target is that this decentralised model of drug delivery in the state should begin offering diagnostic medical services too, Vyas said.
The state government targets to have at least one depot between two districts,for effective delivery of drugs. It aims to add seven more depots under the corporation,a Health Department official said. The department shall undertake a feasibility study for the purpose and thereafter take a decision on it,he said.
The depots will supply allopathic as well as medicines from other streams like Ayurvedic,officials said.
Modi also gave away bar-coded cards to 11 people for the state-run medical health scheme Amrutam Yojana offering medical treatment benefits to people below poverty line up to Rs 2 lakh. The state government has tied up with 47 private hospitals for the implementation of the scheme and is in the process of expanding the network.