Pradhan Mantri Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana (PMASBY) is one of the largest government health infrastructure schemes in India. It was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 25th October 2021 in Varanasi. Also known as the Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission, the scheme aims to strengthen the country’s health infrastructure along with the National Health Mission.
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The PMASBY or the Pradhan Mantri Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana is a new government health infrastructure scheme launched to provide better access to healthcare facilities to people in India. It was first announced by the central government on 1st February 2021 in the 2021-22 Budget session of the Parliament. It was further approved by the Union Cabinet in September 2021 with a total outlay of Rs 64,180 crore for the next six years. The scheme will benefit the people across India.
The main objective of the Pradhan Mantri Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana (PMASBY) is to fill up the existing gaps in public health infrastructure, especially in primary and critical care facilities, in both rural and urban areas. It also aims to develop a network of surveillance laboratories in metropolitan areas at block, district, regional and national levels to build an IT-enabled disease surveillance system.
The PMASBY scheme also aims to strengthen 33 existing public health units as well as operationalize 17 new public health units at entry points. This will help the government to effectively prevent, detect, investigate and combat disease outbreaks and public health emergencies.
Moreover, the PM Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission also aims to effectively utilize the existing infrastructure of district hospitals, correct the existing unevenness in the distribution of medical colleges and increase the availability of health professionals in India.
The Pradhan Mantri Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana (PMASBY) will benefit Indian citizens across the country in the following ways:
The government will set up the following under the PM Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission to expand the healthcare infrastructure in India:
The Pradhan Mantri Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana will improve the healthcare infrastructure in India substantially. People will have better access to healthcare services in both rural and urban areas. Moreover, the PMASBY scheme will also set up more number of medical colleges for medical students and also enable healthcare professionals to become better prepared to deal with public health emergencies in future.
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