Arunachal: Ayushman Bharat Pakhwada celebration begins with Prabhat Pheri

Ayushman Bharat or “Healthy India”, a national initiative was launched in 2018 as recommended by the National Health Policy 2017, to achieve the vision of Universal Health Coverage.


A Prabhat Pheri  from Sector A to Hathi Matha in Naharlagun was organised by the Department of Health and Family Welfare, to mark the commencement of Ayushman Bharat Pakhwada on Sunday. It was also observed in various districts like East Siang, Lohit, Changlang etc.

Ayushman Bharat or “Healthy India”, a national initiative was launched in 2018 as recommended by the National Health Policy 2017, to achieve the vision of Universal Health Coverage.

It comprises of two inter-related components–Establishment of Health and Wellness Centres (HWC)- that cover prevention promotion and ambulatory care at primary level, and Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY)-  for cashless treatment at secondary and tertiary level.

The objective of this initiative is to increase and ensure the awareness to availing the services from Health and Wellness Centres, PM-JAY and CMAAY. It will also be emphasizing during the fortnight, the enrolment of all families under CMAAY to enable them to get benefits fromthe scheme.

In state capital, more than 300 peoples have participated in the event lead by DHS Dr Moromor Lego, DFW Dr A. Yirang, Jt DHS Dr S. Bhattacharjee and Dr Emi Rumi, Deputy Director Nursing, Deputy Directors- Health Services and Nodal officers of various Health programmes.

The event was attended by many officers and officials from Directorate of Health Services, Directorate of Family Welfare, TRIHMS and DMO ICC/Yupia. The MOs of Capital Complex, Zion Nursing school, Programme Study Centre-Naharlagun (MLHP), Vidya Sagar School, Naharlagunand many other general publics have joined the walkathon.

Dr Dimong Padung, Nodal Officer-NHM while welcoming all the participants brief about the AB Pakhwada and said that the fortnight celebration would conclude on Wednesday, the October 2, 2019 to increase awareness about the services under Ayushman Bharat and reach out to the beneficiaries with information about availing the services of Ayushman Bharat- Health and Wellness Centres and Ayushman Bharat- Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, as well as state initiative “Chief Minister Arogya Arunachal Yojana”.

Dr L Jampa State Nodal Officer-HWC highlighted that all Sub-centres, PHCs and UPHCs in the state would be upgraded to Health and Wellness centres by 2022 wherein all the services are provided free of cost including drugs and diagnostics and comprehensive primary health care to the community is the priority. At present there are 72 Health and Wellness Centres operational in Arunachal Pradesh.

Dr Tana Takum, CEO-CMAAY/PMJAY have informed that PM-JAY as the world’s largest health care scheme which provides up toRs 5 lakhs per family per year as cashless treatment at empanelled hospitals. The family not included under PM-JAY are covered under the state initiative “Chief Minister Arogya Arunachal Yojana “. All the empanelled hospital both private and public are providing free treatment under the scheme.

A skit-show by trainees(Health and Wellness Officers) showcasing various services and benefits of Ayushman Bharat Scheme was performed to mark the inauguration of AB Pakhwara. Dr Dipu Lowang Asstt. Nodal Officer-HWC informed that Ayushman Bharat Diwas would be celebrated on 23rd September next on completion of one year of Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY at all public hospital, HWC and all empanelled private hospitals and urged to felicitate one best ASHA or ANM per facility.

The Chief Guest of the function Dr Moromor Lego, Director Health Services have advised all the districts and health facilities to observe Ayushman Bharat Pakhwada/Fortnight from 15th September 2019 and extended up to 2nd October, 2019. He appeals one and all to disseminate the messages on the free services under Ayushman Bharat and further asked every beneficiaries to avail the entitlements so that every beneficiary .


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