India to have 1.5L Ayushman Bharat Health and Wellness Centres by December
IANS Aug 06, 2022
A total of 1.5 lakh Ayushman Bharat Health and Wellness Centres will be available to serve the people by the end of December, Union Health Minister said on August 5 in the Upper House.
He said this while replying to a discussion on the Right to Health Bill, 2021. The private member bill was introduced by RJD MP. Health Minister said that the Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission, with an outlay of Rs 64,000 crore over the next five years, will take India's public health facilities and infrastructure to new heights.
"These centres would also conduct yoga classes for wellness twice a week. Kids would be vaccinated and pregnant women's health conditions would be monitored. These would have test facilities for non-communicable diseases," he added.
These would have facilities for screening for oral cancer, cervical cancer and breast cancer. The government is working to make healthcare accessible and affordable for the common people, he added.
The Minister further said: "When the NDA government came to power in 2014, the budget for the health sector was Rs 33,000 crore, which has increased substantially. We have increased the health budget to 58 per cent to reach Rs 52 thousand crores in 2018-19, Rs 62 thousand crores in 2019-20, Rs 71 thousand crore in 21-22 and Rs 83 thousand crores in 2022-23".
"We have decided to take it to 2.5 per cent in the coming years", he said.
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