PM Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission on October 25, 2021, in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
- This scheme is of worth Rs 5000-crore and is India’s largest scheme launched to scale-up health infrastructure.
- The mission was launched to improve the public health infrastructure in urban as well as rural areas.
- It will work in addition to the National Health Mission.
About Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission
The Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission was announced by PM. It is expected to extend support to 17,788 rural Health & Wellness Centres across 10 high focus states. Under the scheme, 11,024 urban Health & Wellness Centres will be established. The mission will be launched with the aim of strengthening the critical healthcare network in India.
Objective of Mission
This mission was launched with the objective of filling critical gaps in public health infrastructure. It will bridge the gap between critical care facilities and primary care across urban and rural areas.
Second aspect of mission
Second aspect of the Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission is related to “testing network for diagnosis of diseases”. Necessary infrastructure will be developed under the mission for the diagnosis and monitoring of diseases. Under it, 730 districts in India will get Integrated to Public Health labs. Apart from that, 3 thousand blocks will be provided Block Public Health Units.
Significance of the scheme
Scheme will investigate the expansion of existing research institutions that are studying pandemics. It will also help in strengthening 80 Viral Diagnostic and research labs. It will also set up “WHO regional research platform for South Asia” in a bid to strengthen this network.