Indian PM Modi flags off 'revolutionary' digital healthcare mission
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission through video conferencing. Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission has the power to bring a revolutionary change in India's health facilities, said PM Modi while launching the campaign.
PM Modi announced the pilot project of Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission from the ramparts of Red Fort on August 15 last year. Currently, the programme is being implemented on a pilot basis in six Union Territories.
"Today begins a Mission that has the power to bring a revolutionary change in India's health facilities. Three years ago, on Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya's birth anniversary, Ayushman Bharat Yojana was implemented. Happy that Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission is being started nationwide from today," said PM Modi.
He also talked about the Arogya Setu app and said it helped a lot in preventing the spread of COVID-19 infection.
"We have been able to take the vaccine to everyone, under the free vaccine campaign. India has been able to apply about 90 crore vaccine doses today, and Co-WIN has a big role in it," he said
PM Modi noted that there has also been an unprecedented expansion of telemedicine during the pandemic period.
"So far about 125 crore remote consultations have been completed through e-Sanjeevani. This facility is connecting thousands of countrymen living in far-flung parts of the country every day with doctors of big hospitals of cities while sitting at home," said PM Modi.
According to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), the nation-wide rollout of the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission coincides with the National Health Authority (NHA) celebrating the third anniversary of Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY). Indian Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will be present on the occasion.