SHILLONG, Aug 08: Meghalaya’s residents will now be able to get free medicines in all public health centres spread across the state with the State Cabinet approving the Free Drug Policy.
After deliberation on the proposal by the health department, I am happy to tell you that the cabinet has approved the free drug policy,” Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong informed after a cabinet meeting which was held here on Wednesday.
He said that the policy has been adopted in line with the free drug policy launched by the Government of India where every citizen of the country will be entitled to free medicines in all public health centres.
Under this policy, Tynsong informed a total of 72 items (medicines) will be supplied to all government hospitals, Community Health Centres (CHCs), Public Health Centres (PHCs) and sub-centres across the eleven districts.
“These medicines will be made free of cost to the people of the state,” he said while informing that 90 per cent of the cost of the medicines will be borne by the National Health Mission (NHM) and 10 per cent by the state government.