Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched PM Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.
Addressing the gathering, Prime Minister Modi said that the country has achieved a major milestone of 100 crore vaccine doses in its fight against the corona epidemic.
He also mentioned free vaccination, which he termed a big success.
The Prime Minister lamented that in post-independent India, health infrastructure did not get the required attention for a very long time and citizens had to run from pillar to post for proper treatment, leading to worsening of the condition and financial strain.
"This led to a persistent worry about medical treatment in the hearts of the middle class and poor people," Modi said.
He said that PM Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission aims to tackle this deficiency.
"The aim is to strengthen the critical healthcare network from village to block to the district to the regional and national level in the next 4-5 years," Modi added.
Describing the initiative of his government, the Hon'ble Prime Minister said that there are 3 major aspects of the Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission to address the different gaps in the health sector of the country.Describing the initiative of his government, he said that there are 3 major aspects of the Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission to address the different gaps in the health sector of the country.
"The first aspect of this scheme is the creation of elaborate facilities for diagnostics and treatment. Under this, Health and Wellness Centers are being opened in villages and cities, where there will be facilities for early detection of diseases. Facilities like free medical consultation, free tests, free medicine will be available in these centres," PM Modi said.
"For serious illness, 35 thousand new critical care-related beds are being added in 600 districts and referral facilities will be given in 125 districts. The second aspect of the scheme is related to the testing network for the diagnosis of diseases. 730 districts of the country will get Integrated Public Health labs and 3 thousand blocks will get Block Public Health Units," said the PM.
Apart from that, 5 Regional National Centers for Disease Control, 20 Metropolitan units, and 15 BSL labs will further strengthen this network. The Third aspect is the expansion of existing research institutions that study pandemics, Modi said.
He said that the existing 80 Viral Diagnostic and research labs will be strengthened, 15 Biosafety level 15 labs will be operationalized, 4 new National institutes of Virology and a National Institute for One Health are being established.
WHO regional research platform for South Asia will also strengthen this network.
Modi urged citizens to take full benefits of all these schemes once these are implemented.