New Delhi, Jan 31(IECurrentAffairs) President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday said the endeavour of the Modi Government is to reduce the burden of out of pocket expenses on medical care for the poor and the middle class.
”Under ‘Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana’, 4,900 Jan Aushadhi Centres have already been opened in more than 600 districts. Also, more than 700 different medicines are being dispensed at low cost in these centres,” Mr Kovind said in his address to the Joint sitting of both the Houses of Parliament.
The President said reduction in the cost of cardiac stents has resulted in an annual saving of about Rs 4,600 crore to the poor and middle class. Reduction in cost of knee replacement has led to an annual saving of about Rs 1,500 crore.
The Government has provided the facility of dialysis free of cost to those suffering from kidney diseases and this has resulted in a saving of more than Rs 2,000 per session for these people, said he.
In addition, for a premium of just one rupee a month under ‘Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana’ and 90 paise a day under ‘Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana’, as many as 21 crore poor brothers and sisters have been provided with insurance coverage.
An assistance of Rs 2 lakh in the event of an untoward incident is made available to them under both the schemes, Mr Kovind said, adding that by disbursing more than Rs 3,100 crore under these schemes till now, the Government has supported the people in their times of difficulty.
”We are striving hard to alleviate the challenge of malnutrition among poor women and children. The government has launched the National Nutrition Mission for persons suffering from malnutrition and to eliminate the factors responsible for malnutrition,” he added.
‘Mission Indradhanush’ has been launched by the government to provide immunisation facilities to children and pregnant women living in remote and tribal areas. As a result, the country has moved rapidly towards the target of “Universal Immunisation”, Mr Kovind added.
Speaking on the pace of healthcare-related developments, the President said, ”New medical colleges are being set up by the Government, district hospitals are being upgraded and Wellness Centres are being established in all major Panchayats of the country.”
”From Madurai in Tamil Nadu to Pulwama in Jammu-Kashmir; and from Rajkot in Gujarat to Kamrup in Assam, new ‘AIIMS’ are being established. Government is setting up new Ayurveda Science Institutes and encouraging yoga for physical and mental well being. To address the shortage of doctors in rural areas, 31,000 new seats have been added in medical education in the last four years,” Mr Kovind added.