Centre to Strengthen Public Healthcare by Increasing Ayushma
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The Central government plans to boost the public healthcare system across the country by increasing the number of Ayushman Bharat Health and Wellness Centres (HWCs) from the 60,000 (current) to 150,000 by December 2022, Union Health and Family Welfare Secretary said.

The ministry is also creating a new cadre of Community Health Officers (CHOs), which is basically populated by BSc nursing professionals. There are other professionals also who will be manning this cadre to operationalise the HWCs.

“They are the team leaders and, in close contact with the local self-government like Panchayati Raj institutions and urban local bodies, will be ensuring that 12 healthcare services in a package are delivered to the community,” he said.

He revealed this while delivering the keynote address at an international health webinar series, titled ‘Kerala Health: Making the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) a Reality’, which is organised by the state’s Department of Health and Family Welfare.

He also mentioned that the government has set the target of increasing the number of HWCs by 70,000 by the end of the current financial year before hitting the December 2022 target.

"India's Public Healthcare Centres (PHC) reform efforts started roughly two and a half years ago with the announcement of Ayushman Bharat HWCs, which are designated to deliver comprehensive primary healthcare and has now gained momentum. The public healthcare system has played a robust role in progressing towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and that is eventually the target of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3," he said.