Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Monday visited the Ayushman Bhav Health Pavilion at the 42nd India International Trade Fair here.
In a significant achievement demonstrating the strengthening of the country’s health infrastructure, India has surpassed a notable landmark: 150,000 Ayushman Bharat Health and Wellness Centres (AB-HWCs) have been operationalised before 31 December.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi applauded the efforts of the nation in accomplishing this feat before the set deadline and commended that these centers will provide citizens across the nation easy access to primary healthcare facilities.
Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Mansukh Mandaviya congratulated the nation on this achievement and expressed his joy stating that India had successfully achieved the goal it had set out to do.
Translating Prime Minister Modi’s vision into reality, the collective and collaborative efforts of States/UTs and the Central Government have catapulted India into a global model for assured comprehensive primary health care services, he said.
Fulfilling the principle of “Antyodaya”- leaving no one behind, 150,000 Ayushman Bharat Health and Wellness Centres (AB-HWCs) are transforming the delivery of comprehensive primary health care services which are universally free and cater to all age groups from birth to death, through a continuum of care approach.
Ensuring the reach of healthcare services to the innermost regions of the nation through various initiatives, AB-HWCs have surpassed 8.5 teleconsultations via e-Sanjeevni, where nearly four lakh teleconsultations take place on a daily basis.
More than 134 crore people across the country have benefitted from AB-HWCs, and more than 86.90 crore beneficiaries have been cumulatively screened for non-communicable diseases which include 29.95 crore for Hypertension, 25.56 crore for Diabetes, 17.44 crore for Oral cancer, 8.27 crore for Breast Cancer and 5.66 crore for Cervical Cancer.
In light of the expansion of AB-HWCs, the number of essential medicines has increased to 172 at Primary Health Centres – Health Wellness Centres (PHC-HWC) and 105 at Sub Health Centres – Health Wellness Centres (SHC-HWC) and essential diagnostics have also expanded to 63 at PHC-HWC and 14 at SHC-HWC.
AB-HWCs also encompass wellness sessions on Yoga, Zumba, cyclothons, walkathons, and provide guidelines on diet, physical activity, positive parenting, tobacco, and alcohol cessation among other aspects to imbibe a mindset for community well-being.