A campaign of strengthening health facilities that had been going for the last seven years was entering a new phase today, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi while launching the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission via videoconferencing on Monday.
“Today we are launching a mission that has the potential of bringing a revolutionary change in India’s health facilities”, he stated.
The Arogya Setu app helped a lot in preventing the spread of corona infection, he noted and lauded Co-WIN for its role in making India achieve a record administration of about 90 crore vaccine doses, under the free vaccine campaign.
Use of technology
Referring to use of technology in health, he pointed out that there had also been an unprecedented expansion of telemedicine in the corona period- so far about 125 crore remote consultations completed through e-Sanjeevani. “This facility is connecting thousands of countrymen living in farflung parts of the country every day with doctors of big hospitals of cities while sitting at home,” he observed.
The Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission would now connect the digital health solutions of hospitals across the country with each other.
A release issued by the Central Government stressed that the mission would not only make the processes of hospitals simplified but also increase ease of living. Under this, every citizen would now get a digital health ID and health records digitally protected.
Holistic health model
The Prime Minister highlighted that India was working on a health model that was holistic and inclusive. It also stressed on preventive healthcare and, in case of disease, easy, affordable and accessible treatment. Unprecedented reforms in health education was on. A much larger number of doctors and para-medical manpower was being created now compared to 7-8 years ago.
“A comprehensive network of AIIMS and other modern health institutions is being established in the country and work on establishing one medical college in every three Lok Sabha constituencies is going on,” he remarked.
Mr. Modi emphasised on strengthening the health facilities in villages. He pointed to the strengthening of primary health centre networks and wellness centres. More than 80,000 such centres have already been operationalised.