Raipur: Chhattisgarh Government will extend support in every possible way for the establishment of industries based on forest medicines in the state. The state government will provide raw material, land, labour and necessary infrastructure on priority for such industries, said chief minister Bhupesh Baghel while addressing a conference organized by Indian Pharmacist Association, Chhattisgarh, on the occasion of World Pharmacist Day at Pt Deendayal Upadhyay Auditorium here.
He added said that Chhattisgarh has an abundance of herbal medicines. Nearly 44 per cent of the land area in the state is covered in forests, where different types of forest medicines are found in abundance. He called upon the pharmacists to come forward and establish industries based on medicines and herbal medicine in the state. Health minister TS Singh Deo and Rajya Sabha MPs Chhaya Verma and Phoolodevi Netam also attended the conference.
Chief minister said that all the pharmaceutical manufacturers of the world are welcome in Chhattisgarh. The government will provide all the necessary resources, facilities, and exemptions to the individuals or groups who wish to set up pharmaceutical industries in the state, whether they are from the state or outside the state. He said that the raw material would be provided to the Vanaushadhi units in the state at the rates fixed by Minor Forest Produce Association. The AYUSH and Health Department can directly buy locally produced medicines without any tender.
Addressing the conference, health minister TS Singh Deo said that Chhattisgarh is emerging as a “Model State” in the entire country. The whole country keeps an eye on the innovations and new initiatives happening in Chhattisgarh. Pharmacists along with doctors and other medical staff have done a commendable job during the Covid crisis. Pharmacists have played a vital role in ensuring the continuous manufacture, access, and distribution of medicines across the world during the pandemic. Amidst the dangers of infection, medical shops and pharmacists 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.
He 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. Advertisements for recruitment on 187 posts of Pharmacists have also been issued. Pharmacists were felicitated at the conference for their remarkable work. The 'Pharmacist Book' was also released by the chief minister and other guests.