THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Health Minister V S Sivakumar has said that more funds will be made available for the state-owned Kerala Medical Service Corporation Ltd (KMSCL) for procuring sufficient drugs. Stating that the KMSCL was procuring enough drugs, he told the Assembly that the Finance Department had agreed to provide an amount of Rs 50 crore to KMSCL, he said while replying to questions.
It was alleged that KMSCL was unable to ensure adequate supply of drugs at the government hospitals due to dearth of funds.
On the sale of drugs without prescription, Sivakumar said that action would be taken against those drug stores which were found guilty. On questions related to spike in lifestyle diseases in the state, he said that lifestyle diseases were the greatest challenge that the state has faced in the recent times. He also mentioned that the government has implemented several programmes such as Care on Wheels, Care on Waves and promotion of yoga to tackle lifestyle diseases.
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The Minister also mentioned that several programmes to insulate children from the clutches of lifestyle diseases have also been implemented.