Raipur. Indian Pharmacist Association organized a conference on World Pharmacist Day at Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Auditorium in Raipur. Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said that herbal medicines are abundant in Chhattisgarh. Chhattisgarh government will provide all possible help to establish industries related to forest medicines in the state. For this, the government will provide raw material, land, labour and necessary infrastructure on priority. Forty-four per cent of the land area is forest, where different types of medicines are in abundance. He called upon the pharmacists to come forward to establish industries related to medicine and herbal medicine here. Health Minister T.S. Singhdeo and Rajya Sabha MPs Chhaya Verma and Phoolodevi Netam also attended the conference.
Addressing the conference as the chief guest, the Chief Minister said that all the pharmaceutical manufacturers of the world are welcome in Chhattisgarh. The government will provide the individuals or groups, whether from the state or outside the state, who want to set up the pharmaceutical industry with all the necessary resources, facilities and exemptions. He said that raw material would be provided to the Vanaushadhi units set up in the state at the rates fixed. The AYUSH and Health Department can directly buy locally produced medicines without any tender.
The Chief Minister said in the conference that pharmacists could help popularize generic drugs. By increasing the usage of generic medicines, treatment can be made available to people at a low cost. He wholeheartedly praised the contribution of pharmacists, doctors, nurses, technicians, village panchayats, urban bodies, public representatives, social and voluntary organizations and government officials and employees in the control and prevention of Covid infection in the state.
Addressing the conference, Health Minister T.S. Singhdeo said that Chhattisgarh is emerging as a 'Model State' in the whole country. The nation keeps an eye on the innovations and new initiatives happening here. Pharmacists, doctors and other medical staff have also done a commendable job amid dangers during the Covid-19 period. Pharmacists have played a vital role in ensuring the continuous manufacture, access and distribution of medicines during the fight against Coronavirus. Amidst the dangers of infection, drug shops and pharmacists in medical premises were constantly ready to serve the people. The pharmacist is an essential link in ensuring access to life-saving medicines to people. Pharmacists have an important role in delivering health services through government and private medical institutions.
TS Singhdeo said that Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has sympathetically considered the needs of the health sector. He has generously approved the set-up of new posts and new recruitments. Pharmacists who did remarkable work were felicitated at the conference. The 'Pharmacist Book' was also released by the Chief Minister and other guests. In the program, Chhattisgarh Hospital Board President Dr Rakesh Gupta, Indian Pharmacist Association, Chhattisgarh President Dr Vinod Kumar Verma, Association officials Sarv Rahul Verma, Vaibhav Shastri and Sandeep Chandrakar and a large number of pharmacists from all over the state were also present.