Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday launched the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission.
He described the mission as a ‘new and extraordinary phase’ that India is entering today.
Launching the mission digitally (video conference) Mr Modi said that it has the power to bring ‘revolutionary changes’ in India’s health facilities.
PM Modi also recalled the launch of Ayushman Bharat in 2018.
The scheme will benefit the poor and middle class. It aims to eliminate all the problems they face in getting medical treatment.
So far, this initiative has enabled India to administer nearly 900 million Covid-19 vaccine doses.
PM also added that even advanced countries do not have technology such as this one.
“It will bring all stakeholders in the field of health on a single platform and also help a patient connect with a doctor who speaks the same language,” he added remarked.
Drawing an analogy between tourism and health, Mr Modi said. “Today is World Tourism Day as well. You must be wondering what is the connection between health and tourism. But there is. Tell me, will tourists like to visit a place that does not have emergency health services?”
Mr Modi also touched upon the reach of the UPI system. The key components of this scheme are a health identity card for every citizen, a healthcare professionals registry, and healthcare facilities registries.