SRINAGAR: In a virtual address on Tuesday, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha addressed the 5th Jan Aushadhi Diwas celebrations at GMC Jammu, under the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana.

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During his speech, he praised the stakeholders and urged for collective efforts to promote the use of generic medicines and expand the reach of the program to every part of Jammu and Kashmir UT.

During his address, the Lt Governor emphasized that the scheme not only offers affordable and quality generic medicines to the public, but also provides an opportunity for self-employment to women and youth. He also highlighted the healthcare reforms implemented to ensure accessible and affordable healthcare for the people of Jammu Kashmir. The Lt Governor credited PM Narendra Modi for guiding the strengthening of the health sector to prioritize citizen’s well-being. Additionally, he mentioned that around 350 modern health infrastructure projects are underway in the UT to promote a resilient health system and strong socio-economic growth.

“Along with conventional economic metrics like GDP, we should also focus on the Gross Health & Happiness of people. A healthy and happy society can enable economic benefits and all-around development.” Lt Governor said.

He said affordable medicines from Jan Aushadhi Kendras have resulted in saving of huge sums for families across the country. Approximately 32,000 patients are visiting 227 Kendras every day in J&K UT, the Lt Governor said.

“We endeavor to start 75 Jan Aushadhi Kendras in every district to mark Amrit Kaal”, the Lt Governor noted.

Week-long events have been organized across J&K to commemorate the Jan Aushadhi Diwas.

Jan Aushadhi Kendra and other stakeholders were felicitated for their contribution to promoting generic medicines and menstrual health & hygiene.

Sh. Bhupinder Kumar, Administrative Secretary, Health and Medical Education Department; Dr. Shashi Sudan Sharma, Principal, GMC Jammu; Nodal Officer of PMBJP and other senior officials were present on the occasion.

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