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Union Cabinet approves AYUSH Health and Wellness Centres

On March 21, 2020, the Union Cabinet approved Ayush Health and Wellness Centre under Ayushman Bharat Mission

Highlights

Under the approval, an expenditure of Rs 3,395 crores have been allocated. The centres are to be constructed within a time span of five years. On the whole, GoI has planned to operationalise 12,500 centres.

Benefits

The centres will help achieve Universal Health Coverage. It will reduce the burden on secondary and tertiary health care facilities. The centres will also help in reducing out of pocket expenditure as it will operate on “self-care” model. It also aims to integrate with SDG 3 as that advised by NITI Aayog.

Background

In 2018, the GoI announced that around 1.5 lakh Health and Wellness Centres are to be created under Ayushman Bharat scheme. It aims to create a holistic wellness model based on AYUSH principles.

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The scheme is being implemented by the National Health Authority operating under Ministry of Health and Farmer Welfare.

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Ministry of AYUSH develop “AYUSH GRID” and “National Ayurveda Morbidity Codes”

On March 6, 2020, the Ministry of AYUSH released digital platform called AYUSH GRID. The grid provides facilities associated with AYUSH hospitals and laboratories and promote traditional health care.

AYUSH GRID

There are more than 12,500 AYUSH centres in India. The “AYUSH GRID” platform aims to digitize entire AYUSH sector. The Ministry has launched AYUSH Hospital Information Management System, Yoga locator application, Tele-medicine, case registry portal, bhuvan application earlier. These projects are to be linked with AYUSH GRID at later stages.

National Ayurveda Morbidity Codes

The Ministry of AYUSH has developed National Ayurveda Morbidity Codes. These codes classify diseases described in Ayurveda. In the first phase of the initiative 4 disease conditions have been identified namely KAsa, Kushtha, Jwara and Shwasa.

AYUSH-Backbone of Ayushman Bharat

Ministry of AYUSH is the backbone of Ayushman Bharat Yojana. The GoI prescribed cross-pathy under the scheme. The ministry has also collaborated with Council for Scientific and Industrial Research to set up traditional knowledge digital library.

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