Medicines at doorstep amid lockdown: various Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadhi Kendras (PMBJK) are accepting the orders for medicines on WhatsApp and e-mail, where on the basis of uploaded prescriptions medicines are delivered at the doorsteps of the patients. At present, there are over 6,300 Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadhi Kendras (PMBJK) functioning in 726 districts of the country ensuring the supply of quality medicines at affordable prices, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers said in a statement.
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Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers DV Sadananda Gowda said in an official release that, “It is heartening to note that many PMBJKs are using modern communication tools including social media platforms like WhatsApp to provide better services in effecting faster delivery of essential medicines to the needy.
PMBJKs are working under the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana ( PMBJP).
In April 2020 around Rs 52 crore worth of medicine was supplied across the country. In addition, supply arrangements with India Post have also been made for supply to remotely located stores, as per the statement.
Moreover, the Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India(BPPI) under the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Union Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, has paid its vendors within due date for solving their working capital issues for raw material & logistics.
Mean-while, India’s COVID-19 count inched close to the 50,000-mark as the states registered 2,958 fresh coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. The deadly novel coronavirus infected 49,391 in India. The death toll from the virus zoomed to 126 on Tuesday. Maharashtra reported the highest number of COVID-19 death on Tuesday, taking the total number of deaths in the country to 1,694.
.Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat continued to report a high number of COVID-19 cases while Delhi’s coronavirus count reached 5,000 after a deadly spike on Monday. There were 33,554 active coronavirus cases in India, according to the ministry of health and welfare. At least 14,182 people were recovered from the disease so far.