IMA to open fair price drug stores

It will also iden­tify sur­gi­cal cen­tres where var­i­ous types of surg­eries can be done at a rea­son­able price

HT Estates - - HTCLASSIFIEDS - Pawan Pan­dita

To pro­vide af­ford­able and ac­ces­si­ble qual­ity health­care to pa­tients across the coun­try, In­dian Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion (IMA) has de­cided to open fair price shops for drugs and iden­tify sur­gi­cal cen­tres where surg­eries can be done at rea­son­able prices.

Speak­ing to me­dia per­sons on the oc­ca­sion of in­stal­la­tion of the new team of of­fice bear­ers of IMA, Haryana branch here last week, IMA na­tional gen­eral sec­re­tary, Dr KK Ag­gar­wal, said it is IMA’s re­solve to pro­vide medicines at af­ford­able prices and also to tie up with var­i­ous hos­pi­tals/nurs­ing homes across the coun­try that will charge very rea­son­ably for var­i­ous kinds of surg­eries.

“We have al­ready made an ar r ang e ment with Ru­ral Sur­gi­cal Cen­tre, Delhi where one can get any surgery done for Rs 12,500. Talks are on with Medanta Medic­ity, Gur­gaon man­age­ment for un­der­tak­ing free of cost heart surgery in the girl child with a con­gen­i­tal car­diac dis­or­der,” he said.

As for IMA’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the on­go­ing Swachh Bharat Ab­hiyan, Dr Ag­gar­wal said it has been de­cided that all the 1,700 IMA units across the state will un­der­take the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the maintenance of one toi­let each in their area and also adopt some vil­lages for their up­keep. Each branch will have a team of nine doc­tors who will ed­u­cate the peo­ple in their ar­eas on clean­li­ness and per­sonal hy­giene, he added.

Dr Ag­gar­wal said IMA is mak­ing ef­forts to re­duce the treat­ment cost by at least 40 per cent to make it af­ford­able. The com­pa­nies pro­vid­ing health in­surance cover are also be­ing con­vinced to waive off the con­di­tion of min­i­mum 24-hour hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion to pass an in­surance claim, which is also an un­nec­es­sary bur­den on the in­surance com­pa­nies, he added.

To tide over the cri­sis of avail­abil­ity of qual­i­fied doc­tors in ru­ral ar­eas, Dr Ag­gar­wal said the gov­ern­ment should iden­tify such places and com­pen­sate the doc­tors with higher salaries and bet­ter ameni­ties.

Dr Ag­gar­wal also mooted the con­cept of Cure in In­dia by pro- vid­ing holis­tic treat­ment of dis­eases with the help of var­i­ous sys­tems of medicines avail­able in In­dia and yoga that would boost med­i­cal tourism.

Speak­ing at the in­stal­la­tion cer­e­mony, newly-elected pres­i­dent of IMA Haryana, Dr Anil Goyal said the state unit is com­mit­ted to the Beti Bachao, Beti Pad­hao cam­paign and if any doc­tor be­long­ing to IMA is found to be in­dulging in sex de­ter­mi­na­tion in the state, their IMA mem­ber­ship will be can­celled. The newly elected state team com­pris­ing vice pres­i­dents Dr AK Ag­gar­wal, Dr Man­ish Prab­hakar, sec­re­tary Dr SB Bhat­tacharya and fi­nance sec­re­tary Dr BK Sharma were also in­stalled be­fore the gath­er­ing of over 300 doc­tors from across the state.

Dr NK Pandey, direc­tor PNDT, Haryana Dr Parveen Garg and Dr Ved Beni­wal were nom­i­nated pa­trons of IMA Haryana.

Dr Suresh Arora, chair­man, le­gal cell; Dr Jogin­der Dhankar, chair­man, dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee; Dr DK Arora, chair­man, sports com­mit­tee; Dr RC Arora, chair­man, fi­nance com­mit­tee; Dr Manin­der Ahuja, chair­per­son, women cell; Dr Suresh Chan­dra, edi­tor, Haryana med­i­cal jour­nal; Dr Narinder Taneja, chair­man, IMA AMS, Dr RL Garg, chair­man, IMA CGP; Dr PS Ahuja, sec­re­tary, IMA CGP were also present on the oc­ca­sion.

Dr KK Ag­gar­wal, said it is IMA’s re­solve to pro­vide medicines at af­ford­able prices.

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