If the medicine is listed under the state’s free category, then it will be given at no cost; if it costs less than Rs 200, then too it will be provided for free. If the amount is more then Rs 200, then it has to be paid for Credit: Representational image

Guwahati: Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday launched a new ‘Dhanantari Seva’ scheme for those who are unable to find medicines in their locality.

Under this initiative, if prescribed medicines are not available in a 10-km radius, then people can call 104 and the medicines will be delivered to them.

If one uses a smartphone, then they’ll be given a WhatsApp number to forward the picture of the prescription. MPWs and ASHA workers will join forces for carrying out this activity.

If the medicine is listed under the state’s free category, then it will be given at no cost; if it costs less than Rs 200, then too it will be provided for free. If the amount is more then Rs 200, then it has to be paid for.

Meanwhile, the minister informed that if the medicine can be arranged from within the district, then it will be delivered in 24 hours, if from regional headquarters like Guwahati or Dibrugarh then 48 hours, and if it comes from out of the state, then 7 days.



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