Speaking to DNA, a state health department official said, "The government has issued a notification in this regard on May 14.
While expenditure on per capita public health in the state is only Rs 1,001, the national average is Rs 1,560.
There is a huge network of 1,816 primary health centres, 400 rural hospitals, 76 sub-district hospitals and 26 civil hospitals in the state.
They also provide legal advice on the implementation of the Mental Health Act and strengthening of state mental health programme.
However, the government should engage the pharmacists in more public health activities as they are the missing link.
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