Jan Aushadhi – Jan Jan ki Aushadhi helps patients to cater to the financial burden that they go through during treatment, as the cost of the medicines is very high and the income of poor families is very low. Jan Aushadhi plays a pivotal role as it provides medicine on a very pocket-friendly budget.
In 2018, a change came in the medical field when P.M. launched the Jann Aushadhi Yojana. In which medicine was provided to the patient at a much cheaper cost.
Milan Shah, owner of Jan Aushadhi Centre, spoke at the 1st Sushruta Awards organised by ITV Network. Providing generic medicine to patients is very important, as many patients who belong to the lower class can’t afford to buy expensive medicine through private stores, and because of that, they can’t get medicine that is necessary for them so that they get well soon.
He added I applied for the Jan Aushadhi Centre years ago. My first Jan Aushadhi store was in Ahmedabad. At that time, people did not have much knowledge about Jan Aushadhi. They did not know what the medicine was. But when the patients used to come there, we used to tell them that they had Rs. 80 or Rs. 90. The patient used to look at us for a minute or two and ask if we were joking.
Ravi Kumar Mishra, a patient, said, “When I came to know that I have diabetes, the doctor prescribed me 4 medicines, but due to a financial crisis, I could only afford 2 medicines, and I used to ask the chemist that out of the 4 medicines that one could I skipped so that I could survive with diabetics.” He added that since I learned about Jan Aushadhi Yojna, I started to buy my medicine from there.
He further said Earlier, we used to ask the local chemist what kind of medicines were available at the Jan-Aushadhi centre. Where chemists used to reply, don’t buy medicine from there; they are all fake and of substandard quality. He added that, except for the reply from the chemist, I thought to try it by using it, and after using it, the result I got was better than what I used to get earlier.
Said Ravi Kumar “Previously, we used to take one medicine for Rs. 100. But here, at Jan-Aushadhi Centre, we took 3 medicines for Rs. 100,” said Ravi Kumar.
Another patient named Harendra Prasad from Rohini said, “I have had a heart problem since 2016. So I used to take medicine for that. But since I got to know about the Jan-Aushadhi centre, I walked there and took medicine from there at a very cheap price.
Aparna Kapooria, awareness camp organiser for Jan Aushadhi Yojan, said, “I have done about 300 camps and 30 different activities to make people aware of the generic medicine store. Till now, I have joined 10,000 general medicine friends in my group of friends. And for this, we do different activities; we do camps and make them aware of the different things that we do; and we have many good friends. She added Patients who earlier used to pay 3000 rupees now have to pay only 500 rupees for the same medicine. So Jan Aishadhi helps patients get cheaper prices, and due to this, they can afford treatments.