Srinagar, The government has identified 2,722 health and wellness centres in J&K to strengthen and upgrade primary healthcare under Ayushman Bharat, centre’s flagship health scheme launched in December 2018 aiming to provide lifesaving treatment to the poor.
Health and wellness centres, which form an important component under the ambitious national health scheme, aim to deliver free primary healthcare, provide early diagnosis, and management of the common non-communicable diseases.
According to the Economic Survey 2019-20, 1.5 lakh Ayushman Bharat Health & Wellness Centres are proposed to be set up in India by 2022.
In Jammu & Kashmir, the government is planning to develop a comprehensive primary healthcare in order to reduce morbidity, disability and mortality at much lower cost, further reducing need for secondary or tertiary care.
Official figures reveal the total number of health and wellness centres allotted for this fiscal year is 2,722 in J&K. Of these 2,068 are sub centres, 605 primary health centres, and 49 are urban primary health centres.
In Kashmir, there are 541 health and wellness centres out of which 152 are functional and 389 are under process.
According to the official documents accessed by The Kashmir Monitor, under the programme, the health and wellness centres will provide preventive, promotive, rehabilitative and curative care for an expanded range of services encompassing reproductive and child health services, communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases, palliative care and elderly care, oral health, ENT care, and basic emergency care.
The documents add: “The services in the healthcare centres will be provided through a Mid-Level Health Care Provider (MLHP)/Community Health Officer (CHO) and Medical Officer (Rural/Urban).”
Assistant programme manager, Comprehensive Primary Health Care, J&K, Dr Irfan Shah said around 246 candidates have been trained to deliver the services at the primary healthcare centres so far.
“The trainees undergo a bridge course in community health through IGNOU or University of Kashmir. Presently, 485 candidates are undergoing training. They are expected to finish their training by February,” Shah said.-The Kashmir Monitor