Under Ayushman Bharat: 2722 centres to strengthen primary healthcare in JK
Srinagar, Feb 6:
The government has identified 2,722 health and wellness centres in J&K to
strengthen and upgrade primary healthcare under Ayushman Bharat, centre’s
flagship health scheme launched in December 2018 aiming to provide lifesaving
treatment to the poor.
wellness centres, which form an important component under the ambitious
national health scheme, aim to deliver free primary healthcare, provide early
diagnosis, and management of the common non-communicable diseases.
According to the
Economic Survey 2019-20, 1.5 lakh Ayushman Bharat Health & Wellness Centres
are proposed to be set up in India by 2022.
In Jammu &
Kashmir, the government is planning to develop a comprehensive primary
healthcare in order to reduce morbidity, disability and mortality at much lower
cost, further reducing need for secondary or tertiary care.
reveal the total number of health and wellness centres allotted for this fiscal
year is 2,722 in J&K. Of these 2,068 are sub centres, 605 primary health
centres, and 49 are urban primary health centres.
In Kashmir, there
are 541 health and wellness centres out of which 152 are functional and 389 are
According to the
official documents accessed by The Kashmir Monitor, under the programme, the
health and wellness centres will provide preventive, promotive, rehabilitative
and curative care for an expanded range of services encompassing reproductive
and child health services, communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases,
palliative care and elderly care, oral health, ENT care, and basic emergency
add: “The services in the healthcare centres will be provided through a
Mid-Level Health Care Provider (MLHP)/Community Health Officer (CHO) and
Medical Officer (Rural/Urban).”
programme manager, Comprehensive Primary Health Care, J&K, Dr Irfan Shah
said around 246 candidates have been trained to deliver the services at the
primary healthcare centres so far.
undergo a bridge course in community health through IGNOU or University of
Kashmir. Presently, 485 candidates are undergoing training. They are expected
to finish their training by February,” Shah said.