Odisha Chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday launched ‘Niramaya’, a scheme under which 570 different medicines will be provided free of cost to patients in government hospitals.
State Health and Family Welfare Minister Atanu S Nayak told reporters that patients will get 272 kinds of medicines in three state-run medical colleges and 30 district headquarters hospitals.
The facility will be extended to all government health centres soon.
Besides, free medicines would also be available in Capital Hospital here and Rourkela government hospital, Nayak said.
The state government has made a budgetary allocation of Rs 200 crore for distribution of free medicine in 2015-16 and is planning to distribute free medicines for cancer, thalassemia and sickle cell anemia, the minister said.
“We think the free cancer medicines will be distributed in government hospitals by end of this year,” he added.