NEW DELHI: Union Health Minister Harshvardhan on Thursday advised the state governments to promote the culture of rational prescription of drugs among doctors.
At a meet of state health secretaries, he said:“If necessary you could insert a clause on mandatory prescription of rational drugs into the contract of new doctors joining the health service.”
Emphasising on the awareness, the Union Health Minister said that a ‘Pan-India campaign days’ programme would empower people with information packages and orientation services on many sensitive public health areas. These ‘days’ would be marked by mass contact programmes and hand out free diagnosis, vaccination and preventive care facilities to people all over India.
He pointed out that the pan-India campaign will also dedicate special days to highlight the importance of nutrition, deworming, and steps to prevent anaemia. The programme will also include ‘matru suraksha’ project which aims to protect the lives of new mothers.
“I would request all states to observe these days because I feel that with time these will become points of rally for NGOs, doctors and those who have experienced but survived these diseases and conditions to provide a platform which would go on to motivating people on ways to avoid them,” he stressed.