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8,000 health and wellness centres operational across 35 states, UTs

These centres will be equipped to provide treatment for diseases such as blood pressure, diabetes, cancer and old age-related ailments

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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Around 8,000 health and wellness centres have become operational in 35 states and union territories under the government's flagship Ayushman Bharat scheme, said Saturday.

Under the programme, the health ministry has set a target to transform nearly 1.5 lakh primary health centres and sub-centres as health and wellness centres by 2022 to provide comprehensive and quality primary care close to the community.

These centres will be equipped to provide treatment for such as blood pressure, diabetes, and old age-related ailments.

"The government is rapidly moving forward in providing comprehensive primary health care through health and wellness centres (HWCs). I am happy to inform that about 8,000 HWCs have become operational in 35 states and UTs," the of State for Health said.

Chairing the 6th meeting of the National Health Mission Steering Group, Choubey said NHM was vital for supporting the states in improving their

"The prime minister's announcement for heightened focus on the aspirational districts also provides us with significant leverage point to address long persisting inequities and development lag in these districts. This will be strengthened through NHM," he said.

During the meeting, it was highlighted that under the initiative, funds are being provided to states and union territories for provision of free drugs in public health facilities and setting up of IT-backed systems for drug procurement and quality assurance.

Under the initiative, substantial funding is provided to states within their resource envelope to provide at public health facilities.

The programme has been rolled out in states and union territories which are providing either in-house or on PPP mode.

The issues discussed in the meeting also included prevention and control of viral hepatitis, immunisation, comprehensive primary health care, (NCDs) and newer intervention under Revised National TB Control Programme among others.

Representatives from the ministries of AYUSH, Tribal Affairs, Women and Child Development, Drinking Water and Sanitation, Panchayati Raj, Rural Development, Urban Affairs and Social Justice and Empowerment, and the and were present at the meeting, along with members from the and experts in the field of

First Published: Sat, February 02 2019. 18:50 IST