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Karnataka ranks 1st in establishing HWCs under Ayushman Bharat Scheme

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Karnataka tops in setting up health & wellness centresKarnataka 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 stateKarnataka’s achievements
Establishing 2, 263 HWC sub-centresKarnataka has upgraded  3,300 centres

(146% more than the target)

Upgradation of 2, 096 PHCs to HWC2, 168 have been upgraded (103% more than the target)
Upgrading 294 urban PHCsIt has upgraded 364 PHCs (124% more than the target)
Total of 4, 653 HWCs to be established5, 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

  • 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.

Recent Related News:

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.

About Karnataka

Governor – Vajubhai Vala
Chief Minister – B. S. Yediyurappa
Capital – Bangalore