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Free medicines for hypertension, diabetes from Oct 2

JAIPUR: Patients suffering from two constantly spreading non-communicable diseases -- diabetes and hypertension, do not have to worry about the increasing cost of medicines!
From October 2, the state government will provide free medicines for such patients for up to 30 days on a single prescription. Also, such patients will be able to get free medicines from district government hospital and government medical colleges round-the-clock. After 30 days, the patients could again get the same medicines on a new prescription.
Diabetes and strokes are two non-communicable diseases which has attracted the attention of World health Organization (WHO). Recently, the organization held its South East Asian region member countries meet in Jaipur which focused on the ways to deal with the increasing threat of non communicable diseases.
The WHO study shows that deaths due to diabetes and hypertension are on the rise and efforts should be made to curb non-communicable diseases.
Patients suffering from blood pressure, diabetes, heart ailments, osteoarthritis and anaemic patients will get free medicines for up to a month.
Rajasthan Medical Services Corporation (RMSC) managing director Samit Sharma said patients suffering from diseases like diabetes and hypertension need to take medicines for long duration, so the department has decided to provide medicine to such patients for 30 days.
A state government official said that since such diseases are increasing, the free medicine distribution would help those who have to spend a lot of money on medicines, which they have to take continuously without fail for diabetes and hypertension.
The doctors can prescribe free medicine for 30 days to such patients. Moreover, for general diseases, the patients could get free medicines for seven days but only in certain cases, otherwise for only three days.
Also, patients will get round-the-clock free medicines in government medical colleges and district hospitals from October 2.
At least one medicine counter in each district hospital and medical college in the state will remain open for 24 hours, the Sharma directed the officials of the hospital.


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