Delhi: Pharmacists protest against govt’s move to allow ASHA workers to supply medicine

Around 3,000 pharmacists from across India gathered at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi to participate in this protest

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On November 06, the union health ministry had issued a notification considering community health officers, nurses, ASHA, Anganwadi workers can supply drugs. The health ministry has asked the stakeholder to give their suggestions and objections within 45 days.

The pharmacists association has vehemently opposed the government’s decision to allow nurses, ASHA and Anganwadi workers to supply drugs.

The pharmacist association has threatened to go on an indefinite strike if the decision is not withdrawn. The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has also opposed this draft.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra Deepak Trehan, President, Pharmacy Graduates Welfare Association (PGWA), said, “3,000 pharmacists have assembled at Jantar Mantar. The pharmacists are protesting against the government’s draft which will allow Anganwadi, ASHA sevikas and nurses to dispense medicine.”

He added, “It was a peaceful protest. Our demand is that the government should withdraw this draft.”

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He further said, “The government wants to treat pharmacists and ASHA, Anganwadi workers at par with us, which is not right at all. Pharmacists learn pharmacology and other subjects. Whereas, ASHA, Anganwadi workers have no knowledge about it. Our demand is that the government should withdraw their decision.”