Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission launched in India has the power to revolutionize health care in India. He said it is an important day today for India in the 21st century as the health sector is entering a new phase that will change the country’s health landscape. Launching the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission via video conferencing, Mr Modi said, will play a big role in removing the problems faced in the treatment of the poor and middle class of the country.
The Prime Minister said, every citizen will now receive Digital Health IDs and their health record will be digitally protected.
On the occasion of the Birth Anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay three years ago, the Ayushman Bharat scheme was started across the country. The Prime Minister expressed happiness that Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission is also being started across the country from today. He said, India has the biggest connected infrastructure in the world with 130 crore AADHAAR numbers, 118 crore mobile subscribers, close to 80 crore internet users, 43 crore Jan Dhan bank accounts. He said, this digital infrastructure has made sure that ration, as well as administration, reaches the common man.
Prime Minister Modi said, Arogya Setu app proved instrumental in checking the spread of COVID infection. He said, CoWIN played a prominent role in the administration of over 90 crore vaccine doses to people. There has also been an unprecedented expansion of telemedicine during this period. He said, 1.25 crore consultations were done through e-Sanjeevani. He added that the e-Sanjeevani facility is connecting thousands of people living in far-flung areas with doctors of big hospitals in cities. He thanked doctors, nurses and other medical staff for rising to the occasion during this COVID period.
Ayushman Bharat – PM-JAY also played an important role by providing timely help to the needy free of cost. Till now, more than two crore people were the beneficiaries, half of them being women.
The Prime Minister informed that India is working on a health model that is holistic and inclusive which stresses preventive health care and affordable and accessible treatment in case of disease. He also discussed unprecedented reforms in health education and said, a much larger number of doctors and paramedical manpower is being created in India now as compared to seven to eight 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 also talked about strengthening health facilities in villages and informed that in the villages, primary health centre networks and wellness centres are being strengthened. More than 80 thousand such centres have already been operationalized.
Noting that today’s programme is being organized on World Tourism Day, the Prime Minister remarked that health has a very strong relationship with tourism.