Punjab Health and Family Welfare Minister Balbir Singh on Tuesday appealed to the Central authorities to launch Ayushman funds of Rs 621 crore.
The Centre has reportedly stopped grants beneath the Ayushman Scheme since December 2022.
Pertinently, the Department of Health and Family Welfare acquired first prize for its submission titled “Strengthening last mile delivery of drugs: A case study from Punjab” within the Global Health Supply Chain Summit held in Nairobi from November 14-16.
Of the full 85 nations that participated within the summit, no less than 40 nations have evinced eager curiosity in visiting Punjab to see the Aam Aadmi Clinics and perceive how 84 important medicine and 40-plus diagnostics are being made obtainable nearer to households and with none price to the sufferers, AAP stated.
“If delegates from 40 countries want to come here to see our healthcare model to replicate in their countries, the Centre should also support us and should release the funds for the welfare of the people, ” stated Singh, including that the state authorities has even written to the Centre to think about the Aam Aadmi Clinics as a state scheme.
“Our CM (Bhagwant Mann) has always asked me not to worry about funds and just focus on the upgradation of healthcare infrastructure and ensure that nobody faces any kind of hassle in availing any treatment at government hospitals, ” he stated.
Singh stated 100 extra Aam Aadmi Clinics are able to be thrown open to the general public, whereas the Chief Minister has additionally given go-ahead to arrange 70 further Aam Aadmi Clinics at underserved Kandi areas, together with Hoshiarpur, Pathankot and Gurdaspur.
To guarantee the provision of medicines at authorities well being amenities, the Chief Minister has additionally given approval to buy medicines, Singh stated, including that no person should buy medicines from non-public pharmacies.
Singh additionally stated that Rs 550 crore is being spent for the upgradation of round 40 secondary care well being amenities, together with district, sub-divisional hospitals and group well being centres.