Mangaluru: The foundation stone laying ceremony of ‘Janasanjivini Generic Medical Store 24X7’, was held at the Wenlock Hospital premises here on March 7.
The foundation stone was laid by Member of the Rajya Sabha, Oscar Fernandes. Later, a ‘Shradanjali Vahana’ was also handed over to the Wenlock hospital by Sasvat and U T Faridh Foundation on the occasion.
The stage programme began with an invocation. DMO Dr Rajeshwari welcomed the gathering. The programme was inaugurated by Oscar Fernandes along with other dignitaries on the dais.
Addressing the gathering, U T Khader said that people from various districts come to Wenlock hospital for treatment. “Sometimes people come to the hospital with empty hands and tears in their eyes. In such cases, the Wenlock hospital wipes out their tears by taking care of their medical expenses. Sometimes there is lack of medicine and the patients do not have money to buy medicine from outside pharmacies. We need to avoid such situations. Keeping in mind the well-being of the people, we decided to start the Janasanjivini Generic Medical Store 24X7 in the hospital premises.”
Khader further said, “It is our dream to make the Wenlock a model hospital in the entire state. In Wenlock, we have a full fledged mortuary with drinking water facilities and seating arrangements for the deceased family members while the post mortem is being carried out. We are planning to start the generic medical stores in the district and taluk levels. The generic medical store will be opened within three months and the people will get branded medicines at discounted rates of 10 to 20%. Once the branded medicines will be available with discounted prices, other pharmacies will also reduced the price.” He also said that once the medical store is opened, prescriptions from the Wenlock hospital will not go outside. “People will get all the medicines in the hospital.”
He also said that sometimes poor people come to the hospital for treatment and sometimes they die and their family members cannot afford to take the deceased to their respective homes. “In such cases, Wenlock hospital will help the families through the “Shradanjali Vahana” free of cost. If this will help the people, we will extend the same service in other districts in the state.”
“Our plan is to make Wenlock hospital a medical college. We have done the ground work and a report will be submitted to the Chief Minister. Motorbike Ambulances are ready and by the end of this month, we will launch the Motorbike ambulance service. Once the renovation work inside the hospital is done, we will renovate the hospital from the outside. After the Congress party came to power, we have fulfilled most of the promises assured in the manifesto,” he said.
Oscar Fernandes speaking on the occasion said that Health plays a vital role in our day-to-day life. “When a child is born, the family members will rejoice and the baby cries. But when we die, our family members cry. The way we live from our birth to death matters a lot.”
He further said that generic medicine is very expensive. “If the people will get it for a lesser price, they will be benefited. Sometimes if a patient goes to a hospital, they ask how much money the patient has? But in Wenlock, treatment is free. Sometimes people do not get proper treatment but the government has made a rule that when any unidentified person meets with an accident, he will be treated free for 48 hours and upto Rs 25,000 medication will be free. In our country, we have life saving drugs which nature provides for all the diseases.” While concluding, he advised the medical students to refer books and gain more knowledge. “Within 4 years, artificial blood will be developed in our country,” he said.
MLA J R Lobo delivered the presidential address. MLC Ivan D’Souza, MLA Moideen Bava, Dean KMC Dr M V Prabhu, Superintendent of Lady Goschen Dr Shakuntala, corporator Vinayraj and others were also present.