New Delhi, Jun 20 (GCCurrentAffairs) President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday said the objective of the Government is to set up about 1.5 lakh ‘Health and Wellness Centres’ in all rural areas by 2022.
Addressing the Joint Sitting of both the Houses of Parliament, the President said, ‘Cost of medical treatment pushes the poor families into financial crisis. In order to protect them from this crisis, world’s biggest healthcare scheme ‘Ayushman Bharat Yojana’ has been implemented, providing ‘Health-Protection-Cover’ to 50 crore poor people.’
Under Ayushman Bharat scheme, till date, 26 lakh poor patients have availed treatment in hospitals.
In order to provide medicines at affordable rates, 5,300 ‘Jan Aushadhi Kendras’ have also been opened, Mr Kovind said.
‘It is our endeavour to provide medicines at affordable rates to people residing in far-flung areas through these Jan Aushadhi Kendras,’ he added.
So far, about 18,000 Health and Wellness Centres have already been operationalised.