Drug Policy Will Be Implemented in April

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SRINAGAR: Claiming that Drug policy will be implemented next month, Minister of State for Health, Shabir Ahmed Khan Tuesday said that Ministry of Health was mulling to cancel the drug licenses of those people who have used their influence to get such licenses without any justification.

“Jammu and Kashmir government will fully implement the new drug policy in the state on first of April, 2013. The Drug Policy which has already been made public by the government will be fully implemented in April,” Khan said adding that the state has secured the topmost award in the health sector in the country due to the collective efforts of employees and active support of the civil society. .

He also said the Drug Procurement Corporation which is in the pipeline will start functioning simultaneously.

MoS Health, Shabir Ahmed Khan said that the policy envisages strengthening of Drug and Food Control Organization and Drug Testing Laboratories. “It provides for promoting rational use of drugs in the State so that patients receive the medicines appropriately adding that government is committed for better patient care.

He said though all important hospitals have already been provided the CT Scan machines, but the government is mulling to upgrading Sonamarg Hospital on account of huge rush of Amarnath yatri’s. “My motive is to provide better patient care and to adorn all hospitals of Jammu and Kashmir with best facilities. We have identified certain hospital’s which needs attention and hopefully after Budget session all steps will be taken in this regard,” Khan said.

He further said that Ministry of Health is mulling to cancel the drug licenses of those people who have used their influence to get such licenses without any justification. “No one will be allowed to take advantage of his influence and our policy is clear as far as health sector is concerned. Better health care is our motive,” The Minister said. (CNS)

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