PMBJP achieves target of opening 8,300 kendras covering all districts

The Central government has informed that the Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices Bureau of India (PMBI), the implementing agency of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) has completed the target of opening of 8,300 Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Kendras (PMBJKs) for the FY 2021-22 before end of September, 2021. The number of Jan Aushadhi Kendra has increased to 8,355 so far across the country.

An effective IT-enabled logistics and supply-chain systems for ensuring real-time distribution of medicines at all outlets have also been launched. These stores will ensure easy access of affordable medicine to the people in every part of the country. The centre has set a target to increase the number of Jan Aushadhi Kendras to 10,000 to provide quality medicines at an affordable rate to the common man by March 2024. The scheme currently comprises 1,451 drugs and 240 surgical instruments. Moreover, new medicines and nutraceutical products such glucometer, protein powder, malt-based food supplements, protein bar, immunity bar, etc have also been introduced. A mobile application for PMBJP 'Janaushadhi Sugam' facilitates public with a digital platform at the tip of their fingers.

Currently, three warehouses of PMBJP are functional at Gurugram, Chennai & Guwahati and the fourth one is under construction at Surat. Further, 37 distributors have been appointed across the country to support the supply of medicines to remote and rural areas.


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