Health Centres to be upgraded under Ayushman Bharat: Minister

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New Delhi, Feb 7 (IANS) At least 1.5 lakh Sub Health and Primary Health Centres are to be transformed into Health and Wellness Centres across the country under the Ayushman Bharat scheme, the Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Ashwini Kumar Choubey informed the Lok Sabha on Friday.

In his written reply to a question asked in the Lok Sabha, Choubey said: “Under Ayushman Bharat – Health & Wellness Centres (AB-HWCs), 1.5 lakh Sub Health Centres and Primary Health Centres are to be transformed into Health and Wellness Centres across the country for provision of Comprehensive Primary Health Care (CPHC).”

The Minister also said that the provision included preventive healthcare and health promotion at the community level with continuum of care approach

The upgradation is to be completed by December, 2022.

There are at least 29,414 Health and Wellness Centres under Ayushman Bharat – Health and Wellness Centres in the states and union territories as on February 3, the Minister informed the House.

These centres have been categorised as Sub Health Centres(SHC), Primary Health Centres (PHC) and Urban Primary Health Centres (UPHC).

Out of all, Delhi, Lakshadweep and Ladakh have no centres under any category, showed the data.

The Minister also informed the House that the “Public Health and Hospitals being a State subject, the States have been accorded the flexibility to identify the facilities to be upgraded as Health and Wellness Centres based on the availability of Health Infrastructure and Human Resources.”

–IANS

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