On Varanasi visit, Modi launches Mega Health Infra Mission

Vibha Sharma

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, 25 October

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched the PM Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission from his parliamentary constituency Varanasi, calling it “one of the largest all-India schemes to strengthen healthcare infrastructure to bridge critical gaps in public health infrastructure”. described as one”.

The Prime Minister said that this scheme with an estimated cost of Rs 64,000 crore will make the health infrastructure self-sufficient.

Modi said that under the new health scheme, a complete ecosystem will be created in every corner of the country for services ranging from treatment to important research.

He virtually inaugurated development projects worth over Rs 5,200 crore in his constituency and nine medical colleges from Siddharthnagar to Purvanchal region.

The PM said that 2,500 new beds and employment opportunities would be created for over 5,000 doctors and paramedics. Along with this, a new path of medical education will be opened for hundreds of youth every year.

PM Modi said that the projects started from UP are worth around Rs 75,000 crore and this will help India to overcome any future health threat such as covid pandemic.

He accused previous governments of “corruption and denial of health facilities to India”. “These works should have been done decades ago,” he said. He added that “the work will now be completed with more speed and dedication.” He said that the new facilities would help in bridging the gaps in the Northeast, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

Modi further said, “In post-independence India, health infrastructure was not given the necessary attention for a long time. Citizens had to wander from door to door for proper treatment, leading to financial crunch.

The prime minister also accused the governments run by opposition parties in Uttar Pradesh of “ignoring” Varanasi.

He stressed for “vocal for local” in the upcoming festive season and lauded the country’s 100 crore Covid Vaccine Dose landmark.

Rs.64,000 crore

  • Cost of Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission
  • This will be in addition to the National Health Mission
  • Objective is to bridge the gap in infrastructure

3 Major Aspects

  • Creation of elaborate facilities for diagnosis and treatment
  • Creating test networks to diagnose diseases
  • Expansion of existing research institutes studying epidemics