New Delhi: While interacting through video conference with beneficiaries of the ‘Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojna (PMBJP)’ and affordable cardiac stents and knee implants, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said access to medicines is a big concern for the poor and his government’s constant endeavour is to ensure affordable healthcare for every Indian.
Modi said several people are benefitting from PMBJP, an initiative of the government to provide medicines at affordable prices.
The Prime Minister said that the government has opened more than 3600 Jan Aushadhi Kendras all over the country, where more than 700 generic medicines are available at affordable price. The cost of medicines at Jan Aushadhi Kendras are 50-90% less than the market price the number of Jan Aushadhi Kendras will reach over 5000 in the near future.
He noted that the government has reduced stent prices substantially, benefitting the poor and the middle class the most. The cost of heart stents has reduced from around Rs. 2 lakh to Rs. 29000.
Similarly, the Government has also reduced knee transplant prices by 60 – 70%, thereby bringing down the cost from Rs. 2.5 lakh to around Rs.70, 000 – 80,000. It is estimated that around 1 to 1.5 lakh knee operations happen in India every year. On that account, the reduction in knee transplant prices has saved close to Rs.1500 crore for the public.
The Prime Minister also said that his government aims to eradicate tuberculosis from India by 2025, five years ahead of a globally-set deadline.
Ahead of the International Yoga Day on 21 June, the prime minister also appealed to people to practice yoga and make it a part of their life.