Karnataka has been ranked as the Number One state in establishing a Health & Wellness Centre (HWC) under the Ayushman Bharat project for the year 2020-21, it was stated by Karnataka’s Health & Family Welfare Department.
- HWCs are established to provide comprehensive primary healthcare in rural areas.
Karnataka’s actions under Ayushman Bharat Project
i.The state has surpassed several targets set for it by the Union Government.
|Central Government’s Target for the state||Karnataka’s achievements|
|Establishing 2, 263 HWC sub-centres||Karnataka has upgraded 3,300 centres
(146% more than the target)
|Upgradation of 2, 096 PHCs to HWC||2, 168 have been upgraded (103% more than the target)|
|Upgrading 294 urban PHCs||It has upgraded 364 PHCs (124% more than the target)|
|Total of 4, 653 HWCs to be established||5, 832 established by Karnataka (125% more than the target)|
ii.With an aim of providing quality health care for all under Ayushman Bharat – Arogya Karnataka scheme, all Primary Health Care Centres (PHCs) are being upgraded under National Health Mission.
iii.Karnataka has set a target of upgrading 11, 595 Centres as HWCs.
- The HWCs in Karnataka are providing services like counselling sessions for adults, public yoga camps, ENT care, first aid during emergency, family planning methods and others.
- Ayushman Bharat was launched in 2018 with its two main pillars of HWCs & Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY).
- The Central Government has set a target of 1.5 lakh functional AB-HWCs by December 2022.
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April 15, 2021, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan stated that the Government has operationalized around 75, 532 Ayushman Bharat-Health and Wellness Centre (AB-HWCs) across India since 2018.
Governor – Vajubhai Vala
Chief Minister – B. S. Yediyurappa
Capital – Bangalore