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First health centre under Ayushman Bharat scheme (Relevant for GS Prelims and GS Mains Paper III)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the first health centre in Chhattisgarh under the Ayushman Bharat scheme.

Ayushman Bharat scheme
The Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Shri Arun Jaitely while presenting the Budget 2018-19 announced Ayushman Bharat programme.

The programme consists of two flagship programmes:
(i) Health and Wellness Centre: The government seeks to transform 1.5 lakh Health Sub-Centres into Health and Wellness Centres. These Centres will provide comprehensive health care to people in their local areas, including free essential drugs and diagnostic services. The centres will provide health care for both non-communicable and communicable diseases.  The government has allocated Rs.1200 crore in the Budget. Contribution of private sector through Corporate social responsibility (CSR) and philanthropic institutions in adopting these centres is also expected.

(ii) National Health Protection Scheme: National Health Protection Scheme will provide coverage of Rs. 5 lakh rupees per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization to over 10 crore poor families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries).  Once implemented, it will be the world’s largest government funded health care programme.

According to government, Ayushman Bharat Programme will build a New India 2022 and ensure enhanced productivity, well-being and avert wage loss and impoverishment. These Schemes will also generate lakhs of jobs, particularly for women.

(Adapted from The Hindu)

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