PM-JAY Current Affairs - 2019

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‘Arogya Manthan’ event being organised in New Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will preside over the valedictory function of Arogya Manthan in New Delhi on 1 October 2019. At the event PM Modi will launch a new mobile application of Ayushman Bharat and ‘Ayushman Bharat Start-Up Grand Challenge’. He will interact with select beneficiaries of Ayushman Bharat or PM-JAY and will also release a commemorative stamp on the occasion.

About Arogya Manthan

It is a two-day national workshop which is being organised by National Health Authority (NHA) to mark the first year anniversary of Ayushman Bharat or PM-JAY (Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana). The PM-JAY was launched on 23rd September 2018.

Objective of Arogya Manthan:

  • To provide a platform to meet all important stakeholders of PM-JAY and discuss challenges faced in the implementation of the scheme in 2018.
  • To forge a new understanding and create pathways towards improving implementation.

About National Health Authority (NHA)

On 2 January 2019 Centre government approved the restructuring of existing National Health Agency as ‘National Health Authority’ for better implementation of PM-JAY. Therefore with this approval the existing society “National Health Agency” was dissolved and was replaced by National Health Authority.

The National Health Authority is as an attached office to Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

NHA have full accountability, authority and mandate to implement PM-JAY through an efficient, effective and transparent decision-making process.

Health and Wellness Centres- Ayushman Bharat

The Ayushman Bharat scheme has two sub-components:

  • PM JAY- Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana which is a health insurance scheme for 10.74 crore families identified through SECC database.
  • Health and Wellness Centres: Delivery of the comprehensive Primary health care through Health and Wellness centres covering prevention, promotion and ambulatory care at the primary level.

Ayushman Bharat – Health and Wellness Centres

To expand access to Comprehensive Primary Health Care (CPHC), Health and Wellness Centres (HWCs), Sub Health Centres (SHCs) and Primary Health Centres (PHCs) are being strengthened as Health and Wellness Centres (HWCs) under the Ayushmann Bharat Scheme.

These Health and Wellness Centres aim to provide preventive, promotive, rehabilitative and curative care for an expanded range of services encompassing reproductive and child health services, communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases, palliative care and elderly care, oral health, ENT care, and basic emergency care.

The Health and Wellness centres provide comprehensive primary health care through:

  • Expended Service Delivery.
  • Continuum of Care – Telehealth/ Referral.
  • Expanding HR- MLHP & Multiskilling.
  • Medicines & Expanding Diagnostics.
  • Community Mobilisation and Health Promotion.
  • Robust IT System.
  • Infrastructure.
  • Partnership for Knowledge & Implementation.
  • Financing/ Provider Payment Reforms.

The services in HWCs will be provided through a Mid-level Health Care Provider (MLHP)/Community Health Officer (CHO) who is required to undergo a Certificate in Community Health through IGNOU or public university.