The Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) has praised Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s Ayushman Bharat initiative which aims to provide insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh per annum to 50 crore people, calling it a “great commitment”. The ambitious healthcare scheme, touted as the world’s largest, aims to benefit more than 10 crore poor families in the country.
“Very impressed with India’s initiative on Ayushman Bharat or universal Health Coverage! Thank you Prime Minister @narendramodi. Great commitment! Thank you Minister of Health, @JPNadda, for meeting me today!,” Director General Tedros Ghebreyesus tweeted Thursday night.
Thanking the WHO DG, Union Health Minister J P Nadda said it was Prime Minister Modi’s vision to make healthcare “accessible and affordable” to all.
Thank you for your kind words @DrTedros & a very fruitful meeting. Our PM envisions to make healthcare accessible and affordable for all. Under #PMJAY, an insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh will be extended to 50 Cr people- “equal the size of the population of America, Canada, Mexico“.
Haryana girl becomes India’s first newborn beneficiary of Ayushman Bharat Yojana
Born on August 15, India’s Independence Day, at Kalpana Chawla Government Medical College in Karnal, 19-day-old Karishma from Haryana has become the first newborn beneficiary of India’s ambitious Ayushman Bharat Yojana or National Health Protection Scheme.
“Ayushman Bharat aims to undertake path-breaking interventions to holistically address health at primary, secondary and tertiary levels,” the official website says. Karishma’s mother Mausami is very elated by the new assistance from the government. “The government will bear all medical expenses.