Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the Pradhan Mantri Aatmnirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana, a national health infrastructure scheme with an outlay of Rs 64,180 crore over five years, in Varanasi on Monday.
PM Modi will also unveil nine medical and 30 projects worth Rs 5,000 crore in Uttar Pradesh during his second visit to the state in a week. UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will be present for the same.
The launch of PMASBY will see the virtual participation of healthcare professionals and staff from functional health and wellness centers at the panchayat and block level, sub-district and district hospitals and the Government Medical College of Varanasi.
WHAT IS PMASBY?
The objective of PMASBY is to fill critical gaps in the fields of health infrastructure, surveillance, and health research across urban and rural areas to make communities self-reliant in dealing with health crises.
The measures under PMASBY focus on developing capacities of health systems and institutions across the continuum of care at all levels, that is primary, secondary, and tertiary, and on preparing health systems to respond effectively to the current and future pandemics/disasters.
The scheme provides an infusion of funds to develop the infrastructure needed to strengthen state health systems.
The Union government announced the scheme in the Budget 2021-22 on February 1 this year and it was approved by the Cabinet in September.