Manipur celebrates first Ayushman Bharat anniversary

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Pothashang News Service: Imphal, September 23, 2019: Manipur celebrated the first anniversary of Ayushman Bharat, world’s largest government funded healthcare programme in presence of chief minister N. Biren Singh at the auditorium of Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS), Porompat in Imphal East on Monday.

Ayushman Bharat was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with an aim to bring quality and affordable healthcare closer to the people of India.

Biren urged the people of to avail the benefits provided under Ayushman Bharat, Chief Minister-gi Hakshelgi Tengbang (CMHT) and other welfare schemes. He asked heads of different government hospitals and the health services director to provide necessary assistance under Ayushman Bharat and CMHT without any delay to needy people whose stories are reported by different media houses. He also asked them to assign an official to monitor such reports every day.

Maintaining that the Prime Minister is a legendary figure, Biren said he has conceptualised numerous welfare schemes with a vision to end the woes of poor and needy people of the country, and one among them is Ayushman Bharat. Owing to his phenomenal reforms, pragmatic management skills, sustainable plans and farsighted vision, the Prime Minister has now become one of the most popular leaders of the world, Biren said. People must be grateful to him for introducing such a noble healthcare programme, which would benefit crores of people, he added.

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Stating that facilities and services provided by JNIMS and (Regional Institute of Medical Sciences) RIMS had witnessed considerable improvement in the recent past, biren informed that the state government has been pressing the Centre to keep at least one AIIMS-standard medical institute in the state. He also thanked the private hospitals for supplementing the health care needs of the state. Observing that medical profession involves dedicated human service, the chief minister urged the doctors to behave with patients with utmost care and affection. He mentioned about the need for upgrading facilities of neurosurgery care and treatment in Government hospitals as it usually requires huge amount of money.

Health and family welfare minister L. Jayantakumar said Kakching district hospital, Moreh sub-divisional hospital, Sugnu CHC, Saikul CHC and Singjamei UPHSC would be added to the list of empanelled hospitals under Ayushman Bharat and CMHT soon. He also urged other private hospitals of the state to come forward and get empanelled under the two healthcare schemes. He also requested the private hospitals to make some sacrifice for the sake of the society and needy people no matter the equipments used by them are highly sophisticated and costly.

Ayushman Bharat has two components, the first component being the Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY). The second component is known as Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Health and Wellness Centres (PM-HWCs). The government is planning to upgrade 1.5 lakh sub-centres to Health and Wellness Centres all over the country by 2022. The design of Health and Wellness Centres will include extensive use of information technology, improved infrastructure, multi-skilling of healthcare providers, ensured availability of drugs and supplies and strengthening of referral mechanisms and community linkages. In Manipur, 56 primary health sub-centres, 6 primary health centres and one urban primary health centre have been transformed into Health and Wellness Centre. Moreover, 220 sub-centres, 85 PHCs and 7 UPHCs have been identified to be transformed into Health and Wellness Centres.

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Cash incentives and certificates were distributed to best performing hospitals, Health and Wellness Centres, Common Service Centres and Pradhan Mantri Arogya Mitras at the function, jointly organised by State Health Agency, Manipur, National Health Mission, Manipur and directorate of health services.

Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 23, 2018. It provides cashless hospitalization benefit of up to Rs 5 lakhs per family per year for secondary and tertiary care. Those families which are included in the Socio Economic Caste Census (SECC) 2011 are eligible under AB-PMJAY. In Manipur, there are 14.08 lakh eligible beneficiaries from 2.77 lakh eligible families under AB-PMJAY out of which about 1.8 lakh beneficiaries have been verified and their PMJAY cards have been generated. About 6,245 instances of beneficiaries amounting to Rs. 10.9 crore have been provided treatment under AB-PMJAY so far.

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CMHT, which provides cashless hospitalization of up to Rs 2 lakhs per family per year is extended to AAY card holders, differently-abled persons, widows, local media persons, newspaper hawkers and poor families not included in SECC-2011. About 75,308 families have been enrolled under CMHT so far. There have been 15,114 instances of beneficiaries being provided treatment under CMHT amounting to Rs. 21.39 crore as of now.

Sixteen hospitals in Manipur are empanelled under the two schemes, out of which 10 are government hospitals and six are private hospitals. The empanelled government hospitals are RIMS, JNIMS, Wangoi CHC and district hospitals of Churachandpur, Bishnupur, Thoubal, Tamenglong, Senapati, Chandel and Ukhrul. The six empanelled private hospitals are Sky Hospital and Research Centre, Raj Medicity, Jivan Hospital, Kakching, Iboyaima Hospital and Research Centre, Singjamei, Advanced Speciality Hospital and Research Institute, Palace Compound and Shija Hospital and Research Institute, Langol. Beneficiaries can avail treatment in any of these hospitals according to their empanelled specialties.

The chief minister also asked the DCs of different districts to issue a strict directive to booth level officers to visit every household while registering electors’ names. Any dereliction and irregularity on their part may lead to enlisting illegal migrants in the voters’ list, he cautioned.

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