• Indu Bhushan, the CEO of Ayushman Bharat announced that over 12 lakh people received free treatment under the Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY), while around two crore beneficiary e-cards have been issued since the launch of mission in September 2018.
  • The announcement was made during the 25th edition of Medical Fair India (MFI) 2019 held in Delhi, organised by Messe Dusseldorf India, a fully owned subsidiary of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH.

Status of Health and Wellness Centres (HWC) under Ayushman Bharat:

  • So far, 15,000 hospitals have been empanelled under the scheme, of which, 15 percent are private hospitals
  • The first Health and Wellness Centre (HWC) under Ayushman Bharat was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Jangla in Bijapur, Chhattisgarh on April 14, 2018. Since then, 10,252 HWCs have been operationalised.
  • The states of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala have the highest number of HWCs under the Ayushman Bharat.
  • A total of 1,33,84,332 women and men of age 30 years and above have been screened for common Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) at these HWCs.


Functioning of Health & Wellness Centres

  • Under Ayushman Bharat its first component, 1,50,000 existing Sub- Health Centres (SHCs) and Primary Health Centres (PHCs) to be transformed to Health & Wellness Centres (HWCs) to deliver Comprehensive Primary Health Care (CPHC), which is universal and free to users.
  • The wide range of services provided at these Health and Wellness Centres encompass maternal and child health services, communicable and non-communicable diseases, services for the elderly and palliative care including free essential drugs and diagnostic services.
  • States have the flexibility to expand the service package to address problems of local importance as defined by disease prevalence and community feedback.
  • In the urban context, the Urban Primary Health Centres or Urban Health Posts would be strengthened to deliver comprehensive primary health care.
  • The norm of ‘One Multipurpose Worker’ MPW-(F) per 10,000 population supported by four-five ASHAs, will enable outreach of services, preventive and promotive care.
  • HWC at the sub centre level are being staffed by trained Mid- Level Health Provider (MLHP), also called as Community Health Officers (CHO).
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