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Over 3 Crore Ayushman Cards Generated Till November 28 Under ‘Ayushman Bhav’ Campaign: Union Health Minister

The government has taken steps towards universal health coverage by supporting the state governments in providing accessible and affordable healthcare

Over 3 Crore Ayushman Cards Generated Till November 28 Under 'Ayushman Bhav' Campaign: Union Minister Mandaviya
Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) provides annual health coverage of up to Rs 5 lakh per family to the poor and vulnerable

New Delhi: More than 3 crore Ayushman cards had been generated under the ‘Ayushman Bhav’ campaign till November 28 with the maximum being generated in Uttar Pradesh, followed by Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya told the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday (December 05). The ‘Ayushman Bhav’ campaign, which was launched by President Droupadi Murmu on September 13, seeks to saturate selected healthcare services in every village and town in line with the commitment of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure everyone has access to them, the Union Minister said.

The ‘Ayushman Bhav’ campaign involves a set of interventions — ‘Ayushman – Apke Dwar 3.0’, ‘Ayushman Melas’ and ‘Ayushman Sabha’.

The Union Minister said that 3,00,24,031 Ayushman cards had been generated under the ‘Ayushman Bhav’ campaign till November 28.

On the National Health Mission (NHM), the Union minister said, the government has taken many steps towards universal health coverage by supporting the state governments in providing accessible and affordable healthcare to people.

Under the National Health Mission, financial and technical support is provided to states and union territories to provide accessible, affordable and quality healthcare to people, especially the poor and vulnerable sections, in both urban and rural areas, he said.

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The government has launched four mission mode projects, namely PM-Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission (PM-ABHIM), Ayushman Arogya Mandir, Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) and Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM), Mandaviya said.

PM-ABHIM was launched to develop capacities of primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare systems, strengthen existing national institutions and create new institutions to cater to detection and cure of new and emerging diseases.

It is a centrally sponsored scheme with some Central Sector Components. The scheme has an outlay of Rs 64,180 crore till year 2025-26.

Through Ayushman Arogya Mandir, comprehensive primary healthcare is provided by strengthening sub-health centres (SHCs) and primary health centres (PHCs). Ayushman Arogya Mandirs provide preventive, promotive, rehabilitative and curative care for an expanded range of services encompassing reproductive and child healthcare services, communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases and other health issues.

Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) provides annual health coverage of up to Rs 5 lakh per family to the poor and vulnerable.

Listing various achievements in the health sector, Union Health Minister said the maternal mortality ratio at present is 97 (against the target of 100 by the year 2020), the infant mortality rate is 28 (against the target of 28 by the year 2019) and the fertility rate is 2 (against the target of 2.1 by the year 2025).

Also Read: Ayushman Bharat Cards Play Pivotal Role In Last-Mile Delivery Of Free Healthcare Benefits: Union Health Minister

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NDTV – Dettol have been working towards a clean and healthy India since 2014 via the Banega Swachh India initiative, which in its Season 10 is helmed by Campaign Ambassador Ayushmann Khurrana. The campaign aims to highlight the inter-dependency of humans and the environment, and of humans on one another with the focus on One Health, One Planet, One Future – Leaving No One Behind. It stresses on the need to take care of, and consider, everyone’s health in India – especially vulnerable communities – the LGBTQ populationindigenous people, India’s different tribes, ethnic and linguistic minorities, people with disabilities, migrants, geographically remote populations, gender and sexual minorities. In a world post COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign will continue to raise awareness on the same along with focussing on the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children, fight malnutrition, mental well-being, self-care, science and health, adolescent health & gender awareness. Along with the health of people, the campaign has realised the need to also take care of the health of the eco-system. Our environment is fragile due to human activity, which is not only over-exploiting available resources, but also generating immense pollution as a result of using and extracting those resources. The imbalance has also led to immense biodiversity loss that has caused one of the biggest threats to human survival – climate change. It has now been described as a “code red for humanity.” The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene. Banega Swasth India will also be taking forward the dream of Swasth Bharat, the campaign feels that only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and the country can become a Swasth or healthy India.

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