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More than 1.6 million new PMJAY cards were generated in the Ayushman Bhava campaign

  • IBEF
  • September 26, 2023

In the first week of the Ayushman Bhava campaign, more than 1.6 million new Ayushman Cards were issued. The Minister of State (MoS) for Health and Family Welfare, Mr. S P Singh Baghel, referred to it as an unprecedented move and described the campaign as a form of social service.

The Ayushman Bhava campaign, a component of the Seva Pakhwada conducted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, was launched on September 17th by the President Ms. Droupadi Murmu. In his speech, Mr. Baghel provided a performance update on the campaign, which primarily aims to include those who are not currently enrolled in the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY).

During the first week of the campaign, 142,000 Ayushman melas were held across India in Health and Wellness Centres (HWCs) and Common Health Centres (CHCs). The MoS said that over 400,000 more Ayushman Bharat Health Accounts (ABHA) were created in the last week, on top of the 440 million accounts that had already been registered since 2019. The Ayushman melas include free tuberculosis and hypertension screenings, as well as diagnosis and immunisation programmes across India.

According to Mr. Baghel, “More than 6 million people have taken part in the melas till now, of which 4.8 million people were given free medicines”. He stated that the number of free vaccinations has hit 700,000 in a week for the immunisation drive. Mr. Baghel further stated that participation in blood donation camps and commitments to organ donation had been more than excellent.

The campaign will run until October 2nd, 2023.

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