With a view to ensure ready availability of quality generic medicines at lowest costs, Jan Aushadhi Generic Drug Stores will be set up by the Red Cross in all the District Hospitals in the State. Decision to this effect was taken at the 168th Managing Committee Meeting of the Indian Red Cross Society, J&K state branch, held under the chairmanship of NN Vohra, Governor, at Raj Bhavan, here today.
As per a statement the Governor has emphasized the need for establishing generic drug stores in all the District Hospitals within next six months to make available certified drugs. He added that gradually such drug stores shall also need to be opened at the Tehsil and Block levels.
Referring to the need for intensifying Red Cross activities in the state, the Governor has observed that the district, regional and state branches of the Red Cross should generate the required logistics and resources for promptly and effectively dealing with all emergent situations to provide timely relief and succour to the needy.
In this context, he has stressed the high importance of organizing first aid and short term disaster management courses and security drills for the Red Cross volunteers to build their capacities in undertaking rescue and relief operations in the hour of need. He has said that these activities are required to be extended to schools, colleges and universities to increase the number of volunteers. He has observed that medical training camps should be organized periodically, particularly in the accident prone, remote and far-flung areas of the state, to train volunteers to render first aid and utilize other life saving techniques to save lives in the case of any emergent situation till specialized medical assistance becomes available to the needy.
The Governor stressed for all the required measures being taken for enlarging resource base of the Red Cross and suggested that Red Cross Melas should be organized periodically in all the districts while the Red Cross Melas at the Divisional levels could be held at least twice a year to raise resources. He has observed that corporate houses, philanthropic organizations, NGOs and affluent sections of society need to be approached for contributing to the Red Cross activities. He also reiterated that, among various other initiatives, Red Cross collection boxes should be placed at the Airports, Railway Stations, Bus Stands, Hospitals, Government offices and other public places to encourage and enable the public to make their contributions for giving a fillip to the activities of Red Cross.
The Governor said that henceforth the Managing Committee Meeting of the Indian Red Cross Society, J&K state branch, will be held twice a year with a view to give momentum to Red Cross activities.