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Cabinet OKs inclusion of AYUSH Health & Wellness Centres under Ayushman Bharat in National AYUSH Mission

21-03-2020

New Delhi, The Union Cabinet on Saturday cleared the inclusion of AYUSH Health and Wellness Centre (AYUSH HWC) component of Ayushman Bharat in the National AYUSH Mission (NAM) at a cost of Rs 3399.35 crore . Of this amount, Rs 2,209.58 crore will be Central share and Rs 1,189.77 crore the state share for operationalisation of AYUSH HWCs within the next five years, that is 2023-24. Today's meeting, chaired by the Prime Minister, cleared the proposal to establish a holistic wellness model based on AYUSH principles and practices focusing on preventive, promotive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative healthcare by integration with the existing public health care system and provide informed choice to the needy public by making the AYUSH services available.

The AYUSH services include community awareness about lifestyle, yoga, medicinal plants and provision of medicines for selected conditions as per strength of AYUSH systems.The AYUSH Ministry, in consultation with states/UTs, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and other line Ministries, has proposed following two models for operationalisation of 12,500 AYUSH Health & Wellness Centres throughout the country for upgradation of 10,000 existing AYUSH dispensaries and existing 2,500 Sub Health Centres (SHCs). The vision of the proposal is to establish a holistic wellness model based on AYUSH principles and practices, to empower masses for "self care" to reduce the disease burden and out of pocket expenditure and to provide informed choice of the needy public as well as integration of AYUSH in implementation of SDG 3, as mandated by NITI Aayog and validated holistic wellness model in target areas.

The National Health Policy 2017 has advocated mainstreaming the potential of AYUSH systems (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sows-rigpa and Homoeopathy) within a pluralistic system of Integrative healthcare.The Government of India, in February 2018 has decided that 1.5 lakh health & wellness Centres would be created by transforming existing Sub health Centres and Primary health Centres to deliver Comprehensive Primary health Care.It was further decided that Ministry of AYUSH will operationalise 10 per cent of the total sub-health Centres as Health and Wellness Centres, that is 12,500 under Ayushman Bharat.

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