New Delhi, February 8: In the advent of new schemes and invention in the health Department the Centre has announced two path breaking initiatives as a part of 'Ayushman Bharat' that address health over all impacting primary, secondary and tertiary care system as well as prevention and health promotion.
This approval of the proposal was made to continue and take up additional phases of the Human Resources for Health and Medical Education schemes. The 1.5 lakh health and wellness centres, announced in the Budget, will provide people-centric comprehensive primary health care including for common non-communicable diseases closer to houses of the people. The scheme will also provide free essential drugs and diagnostics.
The second initiative under 'Ayushman Bharat' is National Health Protection Scheme, under which over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families that amounts to around 50 crore beneficiaries will be provided treatment coverage up to Rs. 5lakh per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization.
Lauding the initiative, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare JP Nadda stated that the government is consciously working towards improving health infrastructure as well as health manpower in the country.
The government gave approval to the extension of ongoing scheme to establish 58 new Medical Colleges involved with existing district and referral hospitals. Out of this, 8 medical colleges have already started functioning in the last 3 years, while the remaining 50 would be made functional by 2019-20.
Apart from this the Cabinet also gave approval for the establishment of 24 additional government medical colleges devoted with existing district and referral hospitals by 2021-22, in the identified underserved areas in the country. Approval has been given to continue and complete the scheme for setting up of 112 Auxiliary Nursing and Midwifery Schools (ANM) and 136 General Nursing Midwifery (GNM) schools by 2019-20 in the underserved areas of the country.
To increase the availability of qualified doctors, the Cabinet also gave approval for the increase of 10,000 MBBS seats by 2020-21 and 8058 PG seats by 2020-21. Besides, the scheme on establishment of new medical colleges (58+24) would lead to addition of another 8,200 MBBS seats in the country. The proactive steps taken by the government to increase the number of qualified doctors in the country, has already added nearly 13,000 MBBS seats and 7,000 PG medical since 2014-15.
With the approval of 24 new Government Medical Colleges, the Government has ensured setting up of at least one medical college for every three parliamentary constituencies and at least one Government Medical College in every state.