Union Health Minister emphasizes healthcare as a service, launches PM Vishwakarma Yojana and Jan Aushadhi Kendras

Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Mansukh Mandaviya

Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Mansukh Mandaviya reaffirmed the humanitarian nature of healthcare in India, stating that it is viewed as a service rather than commerce. He encouraged citizens to take advantage of government health screening camps for early disease diagnosis and treatment.

Mandaviya highlighted the remarkable response of Indians during the COVID-19 pandemic, showcasing the spirit of community service and collaboration between the government, NGOs, and individuals. He also praised India’s pandemic management as one of the best globally and noted the distribution of free rations to 80 crore people under the Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana by the Prime Minister.

The Union Health Minister made these remarks during a public meeting in Rajkot, where he launched the PM Vishwakarma Yojana (PMVY), a central government scheme worth Rs 1300 crore aimed at training craftsmen and artisans, providing them with tools, and offering collateral-free loans.

Earlier in the day, Mandaviya inaugurated 73 Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Jan Aushadhi Kendras, which are pharmacy stores selling generic medicines. These stores, established by the Gujarat state branch of the Indian Red Cross Society, offer medicines at significantly lower prices compared to branded counterparts in the open market.

Under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana, the central government provides Rs 7 lakh assistance to individuals opening generic medicine stores. Since 2016, over 9,000 such stores have been opened, benefiting 20 lakh people daily by saving them money on healthcare expenses.

Mandaviya also urged the public to participate in health screening at Ayushman Melas or health screening camps organized by the government at Ayushman Bharat Health and Wellness Centers during Seva Pakhvada, a two-week outreach drive. These screenings cover various health conditions, including oral cancer, cervical cancer, and breast cancer, aiming to diagnose illnesses early and reduce healthcare costs.

Furthermore, Mandaviya emphasized the importance of blood donation and cadaver donation to increase organ availability for transplantation, encouraging citizens to promote organ donation as a way to give back to society.

In addition to discussing the PMVY, Mandaviya acknowledged community resolutions praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the scheme. Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister of Gujarat, Raghavji Patel, emphasized the widespread benefits of PMVY, which will impact 140 castes in Gujarat and contribute to Prime Minister Modi’s vision of an Atmanirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India).

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