New Delhi: Over 20,942 Ayushman Bharat-Health and Wellness Centers (AB-HWCs) has been built by the central government as a part of the Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship health insurance scheme — Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY). These are established across the nation in a major boost to the primary and preventive healthcare sector of the country.
It is aimed to provide primary healthcare to the people including health promotion and preventive healthcare at the community level with a continuum of care approach for all.
A senior official at the Union Health Ministry talked about their target of transforming 1,50,000 Sub-Health Centres and Primary Health Centres (PHC) into AB-HWCs by 2022, December. He said that at present 20,942 AB-HWCs have been made operational across the country.
Treatment for Non-Communicable diseases (NCDs) is provided by the AB-HWCs which includes universal screening and management of 30+ population for common NCDs, Oral, Mental health, Palliative and rehabilitative care, Eye and ENT care, and first-level care for trauma and emergencies. Also, health promotion and wellness activities like Yoga are offered by it, apart from services already being provided for Child and Maternal Health consisting of immunization, and communicable diseases.
Data reveals that there are 2854 HWCs in Maharashtra which is highest among all the States, 2177 in Andhra Pradesh, 2125 operational HWCs in Uttar Pradesh, 1798 in Tamil Nadu, 1613 in Gujarat while it is 1183 in Telangana and 1004 functioning HWCs in Odisha till date.
Also, it is noteworthy that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the first HWC last year in April in Chhattisgarh.