Mandaviya highlights vision of PM Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya addresses the press conference on PM Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission in New Delhi on October 26, 2021. MoS Health Bharati Pravin Pawar is also seen. (PIB)

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given us the vision of comprehensive healthcare under the ‘From Token to Total’ approach, said Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare Dr Mansukh Mandaviya today.

He was addressing a press conference on PM Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission, announced in the 2021-22 Budget. It was launched by the Prime Minister on October 25, 2021, at Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.

 “With an outlay of Rs. 64,180 crore, it is the largest pan-India Health Infrastructure Scheme that aims to provide a much-needed fillip to India’s capacity to address emergent Public Health issues. This will bring about a paradigm shift in India’s healthcare infrastructure and make it more resilient,” said Mandaviya.

Emphasizing how development and health are interlinked, he stated that “for any country to achieve prosperity, it has to first become healthy”.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision has led to schemes like Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Fit India, Khelo India and Yoga, which aim to achieve this objective, said Mandaviya.

Mandaviya said initiatives like umbrella pan-India Ayushman Bharat, Ayushman Bharat- Health & Wellness Centres, Ayushman Bharat-PMJAY, Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission, and PM Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission shall provide affordable, quality and accessible healthcare to all people.

He further added that in order to ensure better primary healthcare facilities, 1,50,000 Ayushman Bharat Health and Wellness Centres are in line to be set up, of which around 79,000 are already functioning. In addition, work has started on ensuring that every district has at least one medical college with the government already sanctioning 157 medical colleges.

The Minister stated that the decision to expand the AIIMS network to 22 hospitals from the existing strength of 7 was also borne from the Prime Minister’s vision of safe, comprehensive, affordable and accessible healthcare for all.

Highlighting some of the key features of PM Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission, the Union Health Minister stated that 134 different types of tests will be done for free at the district level, which will not only save costs but also reduce unnecessary inconvenience for poor people.

“Secondly, for the first time in Asia, two container-based hospitals with comprehensive medical facilities will be kept ready at all times which can be swiftly mobilized by rail or air to respond to any calamity or disaster in the country.”

PM Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission aims to produce robust outcomes in Public Health leapfrogging India to one of the most advanced countries in the world in terms of management of Public Health outbreaks, says the Union Health Ministry.

According to the Centre, the following are highlights of the PM Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission:

  • The components, such as setting up of the National Platform for One Health, setting up a Division for Research on Disease Elimination Sciences & Health as a Satellite Centre of National Aids Research Institute, setting up of the Regional NIVs, strengthening of existing National Research Institutions, the NCDC and existing laboratory infrastructure, upgradation of labs and creation of additional BSL-3 facilities under the ICMR and the NCDC, will further strengthen the country capacity to detect & diagnose new infections.
  • The planned interventions will also lead to availability of adequately trained manpower who can contribute to diagnosis and research on novel pathogens and biological threats, reducing dependence on foreign partners and laboratories.
  • Development of Critical Care Hospital Blocks in 602 districts shall make such districts self-sufficient, to a large extent, in providing comprehensive treatment for infectious diseases without disruption to the other essential health services and also augment the critical care capacities in the public health facilities.
  • Initiatives such as strengthening of Points of Entry will ring fence India’s borders against the import of new infectious diseases and pathogens. Health Emergency Operation Centres and the container based mobile hospitals shall further build capacities for effective emergency response during such times.
  • Setting up of the national, regional, state, district and block level laboratories integrated into a network for surveillance functions, backed by a robust I.T. based reporting mechanism through the Integrated Health Information Platform (IHIP), shall lead to self-reliance for detection, prevention and containment of disease outbreaks. (Press Release)

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