Vision of healthy India can only be achieved if we have healthy citizens
On completion of one year of implementation of Ayushmaan Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna in the State, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur gave a clarion call to the doctors and other medical professionals to adopt pro active approach for educating the people of the State so that they could avail maximum benefits of various health schemes launched by the State Government. He was speaking in a function organised at Indira Gandhi Medical College, here today.
Chief Minister said that the vision of healthy India can only be achieved if we have healthy citizens. However it was felt that at times poor people were not able to derive advanced and better treatment because of high prices of medicines. Visualising the same, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched Ayushmaan Bharat Scheme for providing free treatment upto Rs 5 lakh to the deserving and the poor so that they were not deprived of treatment in case of serious illness.
Jai Ram Thakur said that the Ayushmaan Bharat Yojna was launched on 23rd September, 2018 by Government of India for the people of the Country and for providing insurance cover of Rs. 5 lakh. As many as 50 crore people had been covered under this Scheme, which was ensuring that the poor patients were not deprived of specialised health care facilities due to want of money.
Chief Minister said that the State Government was also implementing this Scheme effectively so that maximum people could be benefitted. He said that as many as 22 lakh people of the State had been covered under the Scheme and as many as 31,937 people of the State have been benefitted under this Scheme till date. The Government has spent over Rs. 31 crore under this Scheme. He said that the State Government has also launched "Him Care Scheme" in the State to provide health insurance cover to those families who have been left out from Ayushmaan Bharat Yojna, said the Chief Minister, adding that nearly 6.42 lakh families have been registered under the Him Care Scheme in which a sum of Rs.37 crore, has been incurred so far.
He said that Rs. four crore has been spent under the Mukhyamantri Chikitsa Sahayata Yojna in the State. A sum of Rs.30 crore has also been provided from Chief Minister Relief Fund (CMRF) for treatment of the poor patients during this period. In this way the State Government has spent about Rs. 100 crore for ensuring treatment to the poor and cater them better health facilities.
Crediting Doctors, paramedical staff and all those involved in health sector for effective implementation of the scheme. Chief Minister said that the State Government had also announced Sahara Yojna for providing relief to the families having a member suffering from serious illness. Under this Scheme, Rs. two thousand were being provided per month for the better care of the patient, he added.
Chief Minister also honoured CMO Kullu, Dr. Sushil, CMO Dr. Padam Negi Kinnaur, CMO Sirmour K.K. Prashar for best enrolment of the patients under Ayushmaan Bharat Programme in their respective district. Chief Minister also honoured CMOs for best enrolling the patients under Him Care Scheme. He also honoured Medical Colleges and other hospitals for catering better services in providing cashless health care treatment to the patients under various schemes.
Health Minister Vipin Singh Parmar said that over 7.78 lakh people of the State had prepared Golden Cards under the Ayushmaan Bharat Scheme. He also thanked the Chief Minister for launching Him Care Scheme for the State so that cent-percent population of the State could be covered under the Scheme. He said that the State Government was ensuring that no one in the State was deprived of getting health cover.
Additional Chief Secretary R.D. Dhiman while addressing the gathering said that this was the biggest scheme of Independent India aimed at providing help in getting medical treatment to the poor and downtrodden in case of serious ailment He said that adequate infrastructure was being developed in the State so that the Scheme could be implemented effectively. He also stressed a need for balanced and healthy life style.
Special Secretary Health Dr. Nipun Jindal while welcoming the Chief Minister and other dignitaries present on the occasion said that the State Government was committed for ensuring effective implementation of this Scheme so that maximum people could derive benefit out of it.
Principal IGMC Dr. Mukund Lal presented vote of thanks.
Director Medical Education Dr. Ravi Chand Sharma, Director Health Services Dr. Ajay Gupta, Principal Dr. R.P Medical College Tanda Dr. Bhanu Awasthy, Senior Medical Superintendent IGMC Dr. Janak Raj, CMOs of different districts of the State were percent on the occasion among others.