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Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya virtually chairs the 4th Anniversary celebrations of Ayushman Bharat Health and Wellness Centres; over 1 lakh AB-HWCs join virtually

NewDelhi:16/4/22:Union Health Minister, Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya chaired the 4th Anniversary celebrations of Ayushman Bharat -Health and Wellness Centres (AB-HWCs) through a video conference (VC) today with more than 1 lakh AB-HWCs, State Health ministers, senior officials of all the States and UTs, healthcare workers from various hospitals and development partner.

Accentuating the healthcare services being provided through the digital platform of tele-consultation, the Union Health Minister noted that “Health is an important issue in the development sector. Under the visionary leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister, we have moved away from “token solution to total solution” in the healthcare sector and teleconsultation services are an example of this. E-Sanjeevani is providing affordable and accessible health care as envisioned by the Prime Minister. People in many states have been quick to recognise the benefits of e-sanjeevani and this has led to an encouraging trend of widespread rapid adoption of this digital modality of seeking health services. Patients consult with doctors and specialists on a daily basis using this innovative digital medium to seek health services. Today, some HWCs are also providing screening services for some serious diseases like Oral Cancer, Breast Cancer and Cervical Cancer. This helps the country not only in early detection but also in providing early treatment to the patient. Healthy Citizens can only make a Healthy Society and a Healthy Society builds a Healthy Nation. AB-HWCs is a stepping stone towards this vision”.

Member NITI Aayog, Dr. VK Paul appreciated the game-changing step of teleconsultation services in creating a nirogi India. He emphasized that Primary health centers are the most important component of the health system of our country as they cater to the local population and are embedded as the first point of contact for health services in their minds. He said that the focus of the health sector has now moved from the previous paradigm of catering only to a few like mothers, children, WASH services to full comprehensive health coverage now for all.

Union Health Secretary Shri Rajesh Bhushan informed participants that the Government of India is committed to the establishment of 1,50,000Ayushman Bharat- Health and Wellness Centres (AB-HWCs) by Dec 2022. He said that we have already made 1,17,400 AB-HWCs functional in the country and more than 1 lakh have registered successfully on e-Sanjeevani HWCs portal too. Reiterating the National Health policy’s idea to achieve Universal health coverage, he said that it is being proactively taken up by the government and these HWCs will help in bolstering our efforts in achieving the same. These HWCs provide free testing, diagnostic services etc so the citizens can get quality care at their local HWCs itself. Apart from these services, HWCs are also running other health programs and schemes so that along with health, the idea of wellness and wellbeing is also spread among the citizens. He thanked the states/UTs for their untiring efforts and providing the leadership in their respective states.

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