Bhubaneswar: The State government on Monday directed the Health Department to ensure that doctors of state-run hospitals prescribe medicines supplied under Niramaya scheme.
Holding a review meeting here, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi directed Health Secretary Pramod Meherda to closely supervise and monitor whether the medicines supplied were being prescribed by the doctors and were actually being distributed to the patients.
Padhi also said that a telephone number be designated where people can complain if they do not get the required medicine from the hospital stores.
It was also decided to undertake awareness activities about the effectiveness and quality of medicines being supplied under the scheme.
Notably, Niramaya scheme was launched in 2015 to provide free medicines to patients in all government hospitals in the state.