Digital Desk, New Delhi. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday said that the objective of the Prime Minister’s Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission is to fill gaps in public health infrastructure, especially critical care facilities and primary care in both urban and rural areas. Mandaviya said that this health initiative is one of the biggest pan-India schemes to strengthen healthcare infrastructure across the country. Addressing a press conference on the recently launched Prime Minister’s Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission, the Minister said that the ongoing COVID pandemic has given us an opportunity to improve the health infrastructure and for this an investment of Rs 64,000 crore has been made. This health scheme has been started with
Under this health scheme two containers with all health facilities will be set up in Delhi and Chennai to cover North and South India. Mandaviya said that these two containers with a capacity of about 200 beds will be kept in Delhi and Chennai and can be sent by airlift or trains to meet any exigencies across the country. He said that Rs 90-100 crore would be spent in each district and health infrastructure would be strengthened from block to district level.
Highlighting some of the salient features of the Prime Minister’s Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission, the Minister said that 134 different types of tests would be conducted free of cost at the district level, which would not only save cost but also reduce unnecessary inconvenience to the poor people. He said that there should be good laboratories at all levels, be it district level or national level. The Health Minister said it would provide support to 17,788 rural health and wellness centers in 10 high focus states. In addition, 11,024 urban health and wellness centers will be set up in all the states. Mandaviya said that critical care services will be available through specialized critical care hospital blocks in all districts with a population of more than five lakhs of the country.