Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Current Affairs - 2020

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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.

Ayushman Bharat

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

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Ayushman Bharat to help fight against COVID-19

On March 18, 2020, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has included Ayushman Bharat or the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana to fight against Corona Virus. So far India has recorded 168 confirmed cases of Corona Virus. OF these, India has cured 14 and three have so far died because of the virus.

Highlights

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has involved National Health Authority as well to fight against Corona Virus. The National Health Authority is the implementing agency of Ayushman Bharat. The scheme will help in identifying capacities of 19,840 empaneled hospitals to admit patients. Apart from this the ministry will also include non-profit hospitals to ramp up the facilities.

The plan is to identify these beds and set up an isolated ward for COVID-19 patients.

Other Measures

The Ministry has also included NITI Aayog and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to study hospital level preparedness. Also, database of ventilators and beds are to be collected.

 

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