PM Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana (1)

Budget 2021 has heralded a plethora of changes in India’s Healthcare Sector. The nation was recently party to Finance Minister, Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman’s Budget address on national television. She provided insight into the future of India as the country struggles with the virulent COVID pandemic. This year’s Budget announcement was well-received by the nation’s healthcare professionals. Ms. Sitharaman announced the introduction of a new initiative for the Healthcare sector- the PM AtmaNirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana. Here’s all you need to know about the new initiative-

The ‘PM AtmaNirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana’ is the recently introduced centrally-sponsored scheme that promises to assume a holistic approach to the field of healthcare. It stands on three pillars of healthcare services- Curative, Preventive, and Well-being. Ms. Sitharaman has announced a budget outlay of near about Rs. 64,180 crores spanning a period of 6 years. The massive amount will oversee the following goals proposed under the National Health Mission-

  • Increment of existing primary, secondary, and tertiary healthcare centers’ capacities along with the creation of newer ones dedicated to the detection and cure of both pre-existing and newly emerging diseases
  • Advancement of over 17,000 rural and 11,000 urban healthcare centers along with the introduction of integrated public healthcare labs in all districts and over 3000 block healthcare centers in 11 states
  • Establishment of critical care blocks in over 600 districts and 12 central institutes along with the introduction of near about 9 Bio-Safety Level III laboratories as well as 4 additional regional National Institutes for Virology.
  • Improvement of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) along with 5 of its regional branches and 20 metropolitan healthcare surveillance units
  • Introduction of no less than 2 mobile hospitals, 15 health-related emergency operation centers along with the development of the Integrated Health Information Portal across all States/UTs to ensure a successful nexus of all public healthcare labs
  • Creation of one national institute of ‘One Health’ which is a regional research platform for the World Health Organization (South East Asia Region)
  • Functioning of about 17 brand-new Public Health Units and 33 pre-existing Public Health Units at respective Entry Points of about 32 airports along with 11 sea-ports and near-about 7 land-crossings

The ‘PM AtmaNirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana’ has been ceremoniously lauded by front-line workers, doctors, and nurses. Ms. Sitharaman has provided a clear picture of where we, as a nation, stand in the arena of COVID-care. It has been confirmed that the indigenous Pneumococcal Vaccine is currently restricted to a mere 5 states but its availability will gradually increase across the country. This decision aims to bring down child mortality rates in the near future. A budget outlay of Rs. 35,000 crores have been allotted to COVID care and support with the hope of further funding if required. Ms. Sitharaman has confirmed a budget overlay of Rs. 2,23,846 crores for the Health and Wellbeing sector as opposed to this year’s allotment of Rs. 94,452 crores. The ‘PM AtmaNirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana’ promises better days for the Healthcare sector of India, providing a much-needed incentive and encouragement to doctors and nurses all across the nation.

Budget 2021 has heralded a plethora of changes in India’s Healthcare Sector. The nation was recently party to Finance Minister, Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman’s Budget address on national television. She provided insight into the future of India as the country struggles with the virulent COVID pandemic. This year’s Budget announcement was well-received by the nation’s healthcare professionals. Ms. Sitharaman announced the introduction of a new initiative for the Healthcare sector- the PM AtmaNirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana. Here’s all you need to know about the new initiative-

The ‘PM AtmaNirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana’ is the recently introduced centrally-sponsored scheme that promises to assume a holistic approach to the field of healthcare. It stands on three pillars of healthcare services- Curative, Preventive, and Well-being. Ms. Sitharaman has announced a budget outlay of near about Rs. 64,180 crores spanning a period of 6 years. The massive amount will oversee the following goals proposed under the National Health Mission-

  • Increment of existing primary, secondary, and tertiary healthcare centers’ capacities along with the creation of newer ones dedicated to the detection and cure of both pre-existing and newly emerging diseases
  • Advancement of over 17,000 rural and 11,000 urban healthcare centers along with the introduction of integrated public healthcare labs in all districts and over 3000 block healthcare centers in 11 states
  • Establishment of critical care blocks in over 600 districts and 12 central institutes along with the introduction of near about 9 Bio-Safety Level III laboratories as well as 4 additional regional National Institutes for Virology.
  • Improvement of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) along with 5 of its regional branches and 20 metropolitan healthcare surveillance units
  • Introduction of no less than 2 mobile hospitals, 15 health-related emergency operation centers along with the development of the Integrated Health Information Portal across all States/UTs to ensure a successful nexus of all public healthcare labs
  • Creation of one national institute of ‘One Health’ which is a regional research platform for the World Health Organization (South East Asia Region)
  • Functioning of about 17 brand-new Public Health Units and 33 pre-existing Public Health Units at respective Entry Points of about 32 airports along with 11 sea-ports and near-about 7 land-crossings

The ‘PM AtmaNirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana’ has been ceremoniously lauded by front-line workers, doctors, and nurses. Ms. Sitharaman has provided a clear picture of where we, as a nation, stand in the arena of COVID-care. It has been confirmed that the indigenous Pneumococcal Vaccine is currently restricted to a mere 5 states but its availability will gradually increase across the country. This decision aims to bring down child mortality rates in the near future. A budget outlay of Rs. 35,000 crores have been allotted to COVID care and support with the hope of further funding if required. Ms. Sitharaman has confirmed a budget overlay of Rs. 2,23,846 crores for the Health and Wellbeing sector as opposed to this year’s allotment of Rs. 94,452 crores. The ‘PM AtmaNirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana’ promises better days for the Healthcare sector of India, providing a much-needed incentive and encouragement to doctors and nurses all across the nation.