Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated the first Health and Wellness Centre in Chhattisgarh's restive Bijapur district to mark the launch of first phase of national Ayushman Bharat Yojana.
The Prime Minister said Babasaheb Ambedkar had a key role to play in the establishment of "aspiration" in the hearts and minds of crores of people.
Under the Ayushman Bharat Yojana, the government aims to set up 150000 wellness centres by 2022 that will leverage on comprehensive primary health care for preventive, promotive and curative care.
The Prime Minister inaugurated the first health centre under the Scheme at the naxal affected district in Bastar region.
The Prime Minister also distributed the aiding equipments and certificates to the beneficiaries of various government schemes.
"He will visit a Haat Bazaar health kiosk and interact with health workers". Modi also inaugurated bank branches in seven villages and visited rural BPO center developed under the India BPO promotion scheme. This was the prime minister's fourth visit to Chhattisgarh, where assembly elections are due later the year. PM Modi said the Ayushman Bharat scheme is not limited to providing a health service, but also invites inputs from society too.
PM says perception about Bastar has gradually changed in the last few years.
Bijapur, Bahraich in Uttar Pradesh, and Mewat in Rajasthan are among the 115 aspirational districts, which have shown achievement in the last three months on three parameters, namely incremental performance, best action plan, and best practices. "Public participation will create a healthy, capable and content "New India", prime minister said.
PM says the goal is not only to treat illness but to also prevent it. Modi, who visited the Jangla health and wellness centre-which was earlier a community health centre- said the scheme aims to transform sub-centres and primary health care centres into health and wellness centres where facilities such as teleconsultation would be provided. He said there will be free dialysis facility for the poor of the state and doctors will be available 24 hours. He was accompanied by CM Raman Singh.
An optical fiber cable network is being laid over an area of 40,000 square kilometres in Bijapur, Narayanpur, Bastar, Kanker, Kondagaon, Sukma, and Dantewada districts of Bastar division as part of the project.