The first Health and Wellness Centre (HWC)under Ayushman Bharat was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Jangla inBijapur Chhattisgarh on 14th April 2018. Since then 10,252 HWCs have been operationalized. The states of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala lead the way with the highest number of HWCs under Ayushman Bharat. Andhra Pradesh has operationalized 1361 HWCs, Tamil Nadu 1318, UP 912, Karnataka 700 and Kerala 678 HWCs.
A total of 1,33,84,332women and men, thirty years of age and above have been screened for common Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) at these HWCs. The status of universal NCD screening, newly identified positive cases and individuals on treatment at HWCs is as follows:
|Condition||Screened for Common NCDs||New Identified Positive||On -Treatment|
Ayushman Bharat (AB), is India’s path to Universal Health Coverage. It signifies a move from selective health care to the delivery of a comprehensive range of services spanning preventive, promotive, curative (both outpatient and hospitalization) rehabilitative and palliative care.
It is perhaps the single most important reform measure of Government of India, to address the major challenges of increasing prevalence of chronic diseases, high out of pocket expenses, and fragmented care delivery.