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Varanasi/Lucknow, Oct 22 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the biggest health infrastructure scheme- Pradhan Mantri Aatmnirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana (PMASBY) worth Rs 64,180 crore on October 25 from his parliamentary constituency Varanasi, officials said on Friday.
The Prime Minister will be in the state to unveil nine medical colleges from Siddharthnagar, and 30 projects worth Rs 5,000 crore, along with the national medical scheme from Varanasi.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will also be present on the occasion. Under this scheme, the work of infrastructure, surveillance, and research among others will be carried out in urban and rural areas.
Union Government had announced the Prime Minister Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana ( PMASBY ) for the health sector including a set of reforms and initiatives for long-term infrastructure strengthening of the public health system.
Accordingly, the PMASBY Scheme with an outlay of about Rs 64,180 Crore over five years had been announced in the Budget 2021-22 on February 1, 2021 and was approved by the Cabinet in September 2021.
The PM will launch the scheme on Monday next during his second visit to UP within a week. Directions have been issued for the participation of healthcare professionals and staff from functional health and wellness centers at the Panchayat level, Block PHCs and CHCs, Sub District and District hospitals at the block and district level, and the Government Medical College of Varanasi through virtual means.
The objective of the PMASBY scheme is to fill critical gaps in health infrastructure, surveillance, and health research – spanning both the urban and rural areas so that the communities are Atmanirbhar in managing such pandemic/health crises.
The measures under the PMASBY scheme for the health sector focus on developing capacities of health systems and institutions across the continuum of care at all levels viz. primary, secondary, and tertiary and on preparing health systems in responding effectively to the current and future pandemics/disasters.
The scheme provides a much-needed infusion of funds to develop the infrastructure needed for strengthening state health systems and meeting future pandemic needs.