Prime Minister Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana to be launched in Varanasi on Monday. How will this affect the prevailing healthcare system of the nation?
The pandemic brought about a social and cultural tragedy. It also became a means of exposing the lacking health infrastructure and facilities of the nation.
As a response, to turn it all around, PMO Narendra Modi is set to launch the Prime Minister Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana (PMASBY) during his visit to Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh on Monday.
What is the PM Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana?
PMO has already addressed the issue at hand as, “Prime Minister Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana will be one of the largest pan-India schemes for strengthening healthcare infrastructure across the country. It will be in addition to the National Health Mission.”
What changes will be brought about by this Yojana?
The objectives of the scheme are clear. It aims to improve the lacking aspects of the nation’s public health infrastructure, especially in critical care facilities, as well as primary care in urban and rural areas.
Listed below are the set of aims the government hopes to achieve through this scheme:
- Support 17,788 rural health and wellness centres in 10 high focus states.
- 11,024 urban health and wellness centres will be established in states and critical care services will be made available in all districts across the country.
- The yojana hopes to generate access to a holistic range of diagnostic services in the public healthcare systems through a network of laboratories.
- All districts will now have integrated public health laboratories.
- Various institutions and setups like the National Institution for One Health, 4 new National Institutes for Virology, a Regional Research platform for WHO South-East Asia region, 9 Biosafety level III laboratories and 5 new Regional National Centre for Disease Control will be established.
- The workings of public health laboratories will be interlinked to each other by an Integrated Health Information portal. This facility will be extended to all states and union territories.
- 17 new public health units will be set up and the 33 pre-existing ones will be strengthened.
The need for constant availability of health professionals will be addressed through this scheme. On top of that, the prevailing inequitable distribution of medical colleges will also be dealt with.
The current situation demands reworking the efficiency of the infrastructure of district hospitals.
An IT enabled disease surveillance system by developing a network of surveillance laboratories at block, district, regional and national levels will work towards the fulfilment of this yojana.
The ultimate goal is to bring about a change for the better in the present health care organizations so the nation can effectively and efficiently control the spread of any forthcoming disease outbreaks, if needed.