PM Modi to launch Pradhan Mantri Atmanirbhar Swasth Yojana on Oct 25
On October 25, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the biggest health infrastructure scheme – Pradhan Mantri Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana (PMASBY) worth Rs.64,180 crore from his parliamentary constituency, Varanasi.
The Prime Minister will be in the state of Uttar Pradesh to unveil nine medical colleges from Siddhartha Nagar, and 30 projects worth Rs.5,000 crore, along with the national medical scheme from Varanasi.
The PMASBY will be one of the largest pan-India scheme for strengthening healthcare infrastructure across the country. It will be in addition to the National Health Mission.
Under this scheme, the work of infrastructure, surveillance, and research among others will be carried out in urban and rural areas.
According to the government spokesman, the PMASBY Scheme with an outlay of about Rs.64,180 crore over five years had been announced in the budget 2021-22.
Directions have been issued for the participation of healthcare professionals and staff from functional health and wellness centers at the Panchayat level, Block PHCs, and CHCs, sub-district and district hospitals at the block and district level, and the Government Medical College of Varanasi through virtual means.
The measures under the PMASBY scheme for the health sector focus on developing capacities of health systems and institutions across the continuum of care at all levels — primary, secondary, and tertiary and on preparing health systems in responding effectively to the current and future pandemics/ disasters.
The scheme provides a much-needed infusion of funds to develop the infrastructure needed for strengthening state health systems and meeting future pandemic needs.
Under PMASBY, a National Institution for One Health, 4 New National Institutes for Virology, a Regional Research Platform for WHO southeast Asia Region, 9 Biosafety Level III laboratories, 5 New Regional National Centre for Disease Control will be set up.
Under the centrally sponsored Scheme, preference is given to underserved, backward, and aspirational districts. The scheme aims to increase the availability of health professionals, correct the existing geographical imbalance in the distribution of medical colleges and effectively utilize the existing infrastructure of district hospitals. Under three phases of the Scheme, 157 new medical colleges have been approved across the nation, out of which 63 medical colleges are already functional.
PMASBY targets to build an IT-enabled disease surveillance system by developing a network of surveillance laboratories at block, district, regional and national levels, in Metropolitan areas. Integrated Health Information Portal will be expanded to all States/ UTs to connect all public health labs.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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