India records a landmark: India records a landmark: India has crossed a landmark milestone on the journey of universal healthcare. More than 50,000 (50,025) Ayushman Bharat – Health and Wellness Centres (AB-HWCs) are now operational across the country. Aiming at providing Comprehensive Primary Health Care (CPHC) services to the communities closer to their homes,1.5 lakh AB-HWCs are to be established by December 2022. With more than 50,000 having been established, 1/3 of the target has been met.
This health care services have helped more than 25 crore people in primary and health care facilities.
Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan, congratulated the States/UTs for their efforts in operationalising the HWCs despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Aiming at providing Comprehensive Primary Health Care (CPHC) services to the communities closer to their homes, 1.5 lakh AB-HWCs are to be established by December 2022. India records a landmark more than 50,000 having been established, 1/3 of the target has been met.
Dr Harsh Vardhan specially thanked all the frontline health workers such as the Medical Officers, the Community Health Officers and ASHAs for their dedication to the cause of providing Comprehensive Primary Health Care services and for supporting millions of people with necessary services in these difficult times.
He said, “They are the backbone of the healthcare delivery system. Their contribution during the COVID period has been admirable and exemplary”.
Health and Wellness Centres have helped in interventions such as risk communication, contact tracing, community surveillance and early identification of cases, and seamless provisioning of non-COVID essential health services for ensuring the protection of vulnerable groups, such as the newborn, elderly and those with co-morbidities.
The first Ayushman Bharat was launched by Hon. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on the 14th of April 2018 in Chhattisgarh with its twin pillars of Health & Wellness Centers (HWCs) and Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY).