- PM Narendra Modi has flagged off the much-anticipated Ayushman Bharat scheme.
- He also flagged off the first passenger train in the heart of Maoist-affected territory in Chhattisgarh.
- This is the first time that any Prime Minister has visited a remote, insurgency-affected region .
- Ayushman Yojana is a game-changing health initiative, aimed at creating facilities to treat a host of communicable and non-communicable diseases, mainly in rural areas. These centres will function like family doctors for people in villages.
- He launched India’s first wellness centre under Ayushman Bharat at Bijapur, Chattisgarh.
- PM Modi also flagged off a train on newly-built 17-km tracks between Gudum and Bhanupratappur. The tracks link north Bastar to the railway map.
About Ayushman Bharat
- Ayushman Bharat scheme is aimed at interventions to address health holistically, in primary, secondary and tertiary care systems, covering both prevention and health promotion.
- Two major components of Ayushman Bharat are:
- Health and Wellness Centre
- The National Health Policy, 2017 had envisioned Health and Wellness Centres.
- Under this, 1.5 lakh centres will bring health care system closer to the homes of people.
- These centres will cater to non-communicable diseases and maternal and child health services.
- They will also provide free essential drugs and diagnostic services.
- The scheme aims to transform sub-centres and primary health care centres into health and wellness centres where facilities such as teleconsultation would be provided.
- The 2018-19 Budget has allocated Rs.1200 crore for this flagship programme.
- Contribution of private sector through CSR and philanthropic institutions in adopting these centres is also envisaged.
- NationalHealth Protection Scheme:-
- It will cover over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries)
- It provides coverage upto 5 lakh rupees per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization.
- This will be the world’s largest government funded health care programme.