PMASBY – 64K-Cr Worth Pradhan Mantri Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana To Be Launched In Varanasi

On 25th October 2021, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to launch the Pradhan Mantri Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana (PMASBY), worth ₹ 64,180 crores, to strengthen the health infrastructure all over the country.

The ultimate aim of PMASBY is to fill critical gaps in public health infrastructure, which most importantly includes the critical care facilities and primary care in urban and rural areas.

The Pradhan Mantri Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana (PMASBY) will be one of the largest pan-India programs to strengthen health infrastructure and join the national health mission, the PMO said.

It will inaugurate the medical staff in Siddharthnagar and then launch in Varanasi “Pradhan Mantri Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana”, the PMO said in a statement, adding that it will do the honours by opening and inaugurating several effective projects worth more than 5,200 crores for its constituency in Lok Sabha.

According to a statement from the press information office, the Prime Minister will inaugurate the project from his parliamentary constituency, Varanasi, during a visit to atmospheric Uttar Pradesh. PMASBY will open nine new medical schools in Siddharth Nagar, the official added.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Uttar Pradesh on October 25, 2021 … around 1:15 am in Varanasi Prime Minister PMASBY will start. It will be one of the largest programs to strengthen the health infrastructure of all India in the country. It will be in addition to the National Health Mission ”, reads a statement from the press information office on Sunday.  “Modi will do the honours by inaugurating several development projects valued at more than 5.2 billion yen for Varanasi,” he added.

The PMASBY program, which will cost approximately 64,180 crores over six years (through the budget year 2025-26), was announced by the Center during the budget meeting in February this year. This scheme will be in addition to the National Health Mission, the statement read.

The program focuses on the capability of developing these health systems and facilities to throughout uninterrupted care at all levels – Primary, secondary and tertiary, and to prepare health systems for an effective response to current and future pandemics and disasters, he added.

The PMO said critical care services will be available in all districts of the country with more than five lakh populations through the exclusive intensive care hospital block, while all the other districts will be covered through recommendation services.

Individuals will have access to a broad spectrum of diagnostic services and provisions in the public health system through a national network of laboratories and integrated public health laboratories will be established in all districts.

The program provides government support to 17,788 rural public health cares centres in 10 high-focus states. At least 11,024 city public health care centres will be built. Additionally, in districts with populations exceeding 500,000, intensive care services will be available through dedicated intensive care hospital blocks, while the remaining districts will be covered by referral services.

Under PMASBY, the national health department, and 4 new national virology institutes will be established, a regional research platform for the WHO Southeast Asia region, nine-level III biosafety laboratories, five new national regional centres for disease control, the PMO said.

The nine medical provisions to be inaugurated are in the districts of Siddharthnagar, Etah, Hardoi, Pratapgarh, Fatehpur, Deoria, Ghazipur, Mirzapur and Jaunpur.

Eight medical colleges were sanctioned under a centrally sponsored program to “establish new medical colleges linked to district/referral hospitals” and one medical college in Jaunpur was made operational by the Indian state government
through its resources.

Under the centrally sponsored program, preference is given to disadvantaged, underdeveloped and ambitious districts. The scheme aims to increase the availability of health personnel, correct the present geographic disparity in the distribution of medical schools and effectively make use of the existing district hospital infrastructure.

On top of that, all the important care communities can be present in districts with more than 500,000 residents, with the help of these extensive wellness and health care hospital blocks, while other districts can be covered through referral companies.

In the three phases of the scheme, 157 new medical colleges all over India have been approved, 63 of which are already operational, the PMO said.

PMASBY has set itself the ultimate aim of building an IT-based disease monitoring system by building a connection of monitoring laboratories at the block, district, regional and national levels in metropolitan areas. The integrated health information portal will be spread to all states / UT to connect all public health laboratories,” the statement said. 4,444 experts believe it is time to strengthen the medical infrastructure on the ground floor.

“In a country like India, all the efforts we make to improve the health system will be even less due to the population, and inaccessibility and affordability factor of a problem … This underutilized infrastructure in PVT sector can be used through Ayushman Bharat or other programs …” said Dr MC Misra, former director of AIIMS, Delhi.

The consultants thought it was time to strengthen the medical infrastructure on the ground floor. The Prime Minister will launch the program on October 25 during his second visit to Uttar Pradesh in just a week.

Guidelines were issued for the participation of health workers and staff of functional health and fitness centres at the Panchayat level, Blok Health Centers and Puskesmas, sub-district and district hospitals at the block and district levels, and the Varanasi Government Medical College through virtual means.


Edited by Anupama Roy

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