No Shortage Of Medicines In The Country Amidst Corona Virus Outbreak: Shri V S Gowda
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The Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers, Shri V Sadananda Gowda said that there is no shortage of medicines in the country to deal with the outbreak of Coronavirus.
Today, while inaugurating India Pharma & Medical Device 2020 conference in Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat, Shri Gowda assured that Government has been able to successfully restrict the spread of Corona Virus in India due to strong surveillance and monitoring system.
The global outbreak has not only posed immense challenge to pharma sector but also opened up a window of opportunity for the sector. He also mentioned that preparedness of Government, hospitals, medical institutions and pharma sector to deal with Corona Virus in any eventuality have been strong and firmed up.
Shri Gowda further said that there is a need to reduce our dependency on Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) imports by making India self-sufficient in API manufacturing. He said that pharma companies should take a cue from this emerging situation and take steps to increase their capacity in API manufacturing.
The Union Minister said that the potential of pharma sector is very high. The growing population, increasing prosperity and rising awareness towards health provide a very good incentive to make further investment in this sector.
Shri Gowda said that for improving the affordability of quality generic medicines, Government of India is implementing Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) to make affordable medicines available to common people, especially to poor and disadvantaged.