Container-based mobile hospitals can be deployed at a short notice during emergencies
Union Minister of State for Health, Bharati Pravin Pawar informed the Lok Sabha on Friday that under the PM Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission (PM-ABHIM), is envisaged to develop two self-contained container-based mobile hospitals as part of strengthening disaster and epidemic preparedness.
She has submitted a written reply to the Lok Sabha, in which she informed that these mobile hospitals can be deployed at a short notice during emergencies such as natural calamities or disasters, as well as epidemic outbreaks, according to the needs of the country.
The Government of India aims to set up 1,50,000 Ayushman Bharat Health and Wellness Centres (AB-HWCs) by December 2022, as the platform to deliver Comprehensive Primary Health Care (CPHC) closer to the home. The government is also developing critical care hospital blocks in 602 districts under the PM-ABHIM.
Under Ayushman Bharat, the existing sub-health centers (SHCs) and primary health centers (PHCs) are being transformed into AB-HWCs to deliver CPHC that includes preventive, promotive, curative, palliative, and rehabilitative services, which will be universal, free, and close to the community.
As per the HWC portal, 80,545 AB-HWCs, including 54,507 SHC-HWCs, 21,830 PHC-HWCs, and 4,208 UPHC-HWCs are operationalized as of December 2, she added.
The Health Ministry administers a centrally-sponsored scheme for the establishment of new medical colleges, which has sanctioned 157 new medical colleges to be established in three phases. Out of these, 70 medical colleges have become functional, said MoS Health.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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