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Budget 2021: Takes a holistic approach towards Health, Focus on Preventive, Curative, and Wellbeing

Budget 2021

Finance minister, Nirmala Sitharaman announced a Rs 64,180 crore boost for the healthcare sector. The Budget outlay for Health and Wellbeing is `2,23,846 crores in BE 2021-22 as against this year’s BE of `94,452 crores an increase of 137 percent.

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The Government of India allocated Rs 2,23, 846 crores – a 137 percent increase — for healthcare in Budget 2021-22. Govt will also spend Rs 64,180 crores on healthcare over six years under PM Aatmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana, said Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharama presenting the first digital Budget 2021-22.

“A new centrally sponsored scheme, PM AtmaNirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana, will be launched with an outlay of about ` 64,180 crores over 6 years. This will develop capacities of primary, secondary, and tertiary care. Health Systems, strengthen existing national institutions and create new institutions, to cater to the detection and cure of new and emerging diseases. This will be in addition to the National Health Mission,” Sitharaman said.

Also read: Budget 2021 a vision for Atmanirbhar Bharat : Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

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She also highlighted the main interventions under the scheme as :

– Support for 17,788 rural and 11,024 urban Health and Wellness Centers.
– Setting up integrated public health labs in all districts and 3382 block public health units in 11 states.
– Establishing critical care hospital blocks in 602 districts and 12
central institutions;
– Strengthening of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), its
– Regional branches and 20 metropolitan health surveillance units;
– Expansion of the Integrated Health Information Portal to all
– States/UTs to connect all public health labs;
– Operationalisation of 17 new Public Health Units and strengthening of 33 existing Public Health Units at Points of Entry, that is at 32 Airports, 11 Seaports, and 7 land crossings;
– Setting up of 15 Health Emergency Operation Centers and 2 mobile hospitals; and
– Setting up of a national institution for One Health, a Regional Research Platform for WHO South East Asia Region, 9 Bio-Safety
– Level III laboratories and four regional National Institutes for Virology (NIV).

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The Finance Minister further added, “To strengthen nutritional content, delivery, outreach, and outcome, we will merge the Supplementary Nutrition Programme and the Poshan Abhiyan and launch the Mission Poshan 2.0. We shall adopt an intensified strategy to improve nutritional outcomes across 112 Aspirational Districts.

“The pneumococcal vaccine, a Made in India product, is presently limited to only five states will be rolled out across the country. This will avert more than 50,000 child deaths annually. I have provided `35,000 crores for the Covid-19 vaccine in Budget Estimates 2021-22. I am committed to provide further funds if required,” she said.

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