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About The Ayushman Arogya Mandir


Recently, the Union Government has decided to rename the existing Ayushman Bharat Health and Wellness Centres (AB-HWCs) as ‘Ayushman Arogya Mandir.


Facts for Prelims

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. Ayushman Arogya Mandir: Revolutionizing Primary Healthcare
  2. Key Facts about Ayushman Bharat (AB):

Ayushman Arogya Mandir: Revolutionizing Primary Healthcare

Government Initiative (2018):

  • In 2018, the Government of India unveiled plans to create 1.5 lakh Health and Wellness Centres (HWCs) by transforming existing sub-health centres and primary health centres. This initiative was declared one of the two components of Ayushman Bharat.

Funding and Design Strategy:

  • The Centre committed to providing 60% of the funding, with states following a design manual outlined by the central government.

Remarkable Progress:

  • Currently, 61 lakh Ayushman Bharat – Health and Wellness Centres (AB-HWCs) have been operationalized nationwide, surpassing the initial target.

Services Provided:

  • AB-HWCs offer comprehensive primary healthcare, including maternal and child healthcare services, primary-level care for emergencies and trauma, along with free drugs and diagnostic services.

New Tagline:

  • The AB-HWCs’ new tagline is ‘Arogyam Parmam Dhanam,’ emphasizing the significance of health as the ultimate wealth.

Key Facts about Ayushman Bharat (AB):

Dual Initiatives Announced (2018):

  • In 2018, the Union government introduced two pivotal health sector initiatives as part of the Ayushman Bharat program.

Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY):

  • Focuses on curative care, providing coverage of up to 5 lakhs per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization at private hospitals.

Health and Wellness Centres (HWC):

  • Aimed at strengthening primary healthcare, AB-HWCs are integral to the Ayushman Bharat program’s primary care component.

National Health Authority (NHA):

  • Tasked with the implementation of PMJAY, the National Health Authority plays a crucial role in the successful execution of the health initiatives.

-Source: The Hindu

March 2024