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Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya Calls For “Comprehensive And Saturation Coverage Of All Health Schemes”

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya called states to “design a vision document which will act like a roadmap for the next 25 years of the country’s Amrut Kaal to guide our efforts towards providing the best healthcare to the citizens of our states”

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Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya Calls For “Comprehensive And Saturation Coverage Of All Health Schemes”
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya chaired a two-day long Swasthya Chintan Shivir

New Delhi: Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Saturday (July 15) stressed on the “need to ensure comprehensive and saturation coverage of all health schemes so that no eligible beneficiary is left behind”. The Health Minister hoped that the Chintan Shivir would provide suggestions on how to shore up existing healthcare facilities, as well as new interventions required across the country. Dr Mandaviya made these remarks as he chaired a two-day long Swasthya Chintan Shivir- the 15th Conference of Central Council of Health and Family Welfare, in Dehradun on July 14 and 15.

As per an official press release, in his inaugural address, Dr Mandaviya underlined the focus of the deliberative forum and said,

This Chintan Shivir can provide us with an opportunity to deep dive into different issues of the health sector.

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Further talking about the future of healthcare in India, he said,

In this Amrit Kaal, let us take ‘prerna’ (inspiration) from our own knowledge, and develop our own health model. We should resolve to remove burden of diseases such as Leprosy, Tuberculosis (TB), Sickle Cell Anaemia etc., from various states, and saturate states with PM-JAY cards.

Launched on September 23, 2018, Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri-Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY) aims at providing health cover of Rs. 5 lakhs per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation to over 12 crores poor and vulnerable families. PM-JAY provides cashless access to health care services for the beneficiary at the hospital. It covers up to 3 days of pre-hospitalisation and 15 days post-hospitalisation expenses such as diagnostics and medicines.

According to the official data, as on July 13, 2023, over 5.36 crore hospital admissions have been authorised under the Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY.

Dr Mandaviya further called for states to increase spending on healthcare, and ensured support from the government of India in this endeavor. He added,

It is important for every policy to evolve, and learnings need to be taken into consideration to improve them, to achieve the goal of creating better health outcomes for the citizens of the country.

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On day one of this two-day event, sessions were held on various verticals under Ayushman Bharat, including Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY), Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM), Health and Wellness Centres, and Pradhan Mantri Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission (PM-ABHIM).

He called states to “design a vision document which will act like a roadmap for the next 25 years of the country’s Amrut Kaal to guide our efforts towards providing the best healthcare to the citizens of our states.”

Dr Mandaviya further advised centre and states to work together to create futuristic health policies for the country. He also encouraged states to hold their own Chintan Shivir, where localised solutions can be arrived at as per their specific healthcare needs and priorities. He also stressed the need to include the aspirations, and ideas of the newer generations in policy formulation in healthcare, to make it more inclusive.

According to official sources, “Ayushman gram sabhas” will be organised in all villages to ensure that the benefits of the health schemes of the central and state governments reach people and whichever village manages to saturate all the schemes will be declared an “Ayushman Village” – reported news agency PTI.

Talking about the Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan, Dr Mandaviya said,

Lok Bhagidari, people’s participation, is a very essential activity to eliminate the burden of Tuberculosis in the country. Our approach toward TB elimination shows the Indian approach to healthcare. I exhort people to come forward to become Nikshay Mitras, as it can go a long way to make India TB free.

He requested states to make TB elimination a priority, and give it further impetus. He also urged states to support the divyang (disabled) population of the country, by making it easier to issue disability certificates.

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Dr. VK Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog at Swasthya Chintan Shivir said,

A holistic paradigm for healthcare has been created in the last two days with inputs from all present, and it is essential that the resolution that we pass today, is put into action, so the goals that have been set can be achieved by next year.

Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Pushkar Singh Dhami praised Atal Ayushman Yojana, providing health security to poor and needy sections of the country. He added,

E-sanjeevani has contributed in a big way to expanding the scope of health services through the use of technology.

While concluding the two-day event, Dr Mandaviya said,

The Swasthya Chintan Shivir should help bring us closer to the idea of last-mile connectivity in health. In the last two days, we have seen a detailed overview of the health sector in India today, and the direction that we should take going forward to ensure universal health coverage.

In his closing remarks, Dr Mandaviya added,

When we go back to our states from this immersive Chintan Shivir, let us employ the learnings from this conclave and resolve through our focused policies that we shall saturate the nation with Ayushman Bharat cards, and Ayushman Bharat Health Account IDs; and make our states TB Mukt, and also work towards eliminating leprosy, Kalaazar, and malaria from the country.

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