January 18, 2012

Kerala Govt to open medical stores

In an effort to control the prices of essential medicines in Kerala, the state government is planning to open nearly 2500 medical stores in the cooperative sector in all panchayats, state minister for health, Adoor Prakash has said.

Under this plan, the government aims to open two medical stores each in every panchayat, for which discussions with the cooperative department is on.

Adoor was interacting with the media after a meeting held to discuss the draft of the comprehensive health plan in the district, which has been prepared as part of a state mission, at the district collectorate here on Thursday.

The government is also taking steps to do away with the middlemen in the drug manufacturing sector so that manufacturers can directly supply medicines to the Medical Service Corporation, which would help control the price of medicines. Observing that scarcity of doctors in government hospitals, especially in rural areas is a perennial issue, the minister said steps are being taken to ensure the availability of doctors in all hospitals.

Even though the Kerala Public Service Commission (PSC) had sent advice memos to 300 doctors, only 60 appeared for counselling, of which only two were from Kannur district, said the minister, pointing to the reluctance of medical professionals to take up government service.

He said that even a medical graduate who appears for the walk in interview will be given appointment if they are willing to take up rural services.

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