Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Illustration: Moneycontrol)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Uttar Pradesh on October 25 to launch the Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana in Varanasi, the PMO's said in a statement released on October 24.
As per the statement, the PM will launch the Pradhan Mantri Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana at around 1.15 pm today. He is also set to unveil nine medical colleges in Siddharthnagar and inaugurate various development projects worth more than Rs 5,200 crore for Varanasi, it added.
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The Governor, UP Chief Minister, and Union Health Minister will also be present during the event.
"Prime Minister Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana (PMASBY) will be one of the largest pan-India scheme for strengthening healthcare infrastructure across the country. It will be in addition to the National Health Mission," PMO said in a statement.
The objective of PMASBY is to fill critical gaps in public health infrastructure, especially in critical care facilities and primary care in both the urban and rural areas.
The office said that the programme will provide support for 17,788 rural Health and Wellness Centres in 10 High Focus States. Further, 11,024 urban Health and Wellness Centres will be established in all the States.
"Critical care services will be available in all the districts of the country with more than 5 lakh population, through Exclusive Critical Care Hospital Blocks, while the remaining districts will be covered through referral services," it said.
People will have access to a full range of diagnostic services in the Public Healthcare system through Network of laboratories across the country. Integrated Public Health Labs will also be set up in all the districts.
Under PMASBY, a National Institution for One Health, 4 New National Institutes for Virology, a Regional Research Platform for WHO South East Asia Region, 9 Biosafety Level III laboratories, 5 New Regional National Centre for Disease Control will be set up.
"It targets to build an IT enabled disease surveillance system by developing a network of surveillance laboratories at block, district, regional and national levels, in Metropolitan areas. Integrated Health Information Portal will be expanded to all States/UTs to connect all public health labs," PMO said.
PMASBY also aims at operationalisation of 17 new Public Health Units and strengthening of 33 existing Public Health Units at Points of Entry, for effectively detecting, investigating, preventing, and combating Public Health Emergencies and Disease Outbreaks.
It also aims to work towards building up trained frontline health workforce to respond to any public health emergency.