The Hon’ble Prime Minister initiated the Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra on November 15 in Khunti, Jharkhand, with the aim of extending the reach of Central government schemes throughout the country. As of November 26, 2023, this initiative has successfully conducted 5,470 Health camps across 995 Gram Panchayats, witnessing an overwhelming participation of over 7,82,000 individuals.
A key focus of these camps is the Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna (AB-PMJAY), where attendees receive Ayushman cards via an app, with more than 9,35,970 digital and 1,07,000 physical cards issued within twelve days. Additionally, extensive TB screenings are being conducted, with over 1,95,000 individuals screened and 19,500 referred for further treatment. The Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat Abhiyan (PMTBMA) is also gaining traction, with 11,500 TB patients consenting to assistance and 5,500 individuals registering as Nikshay Mitras.
In tribal-dominated regions, screening for Sickle Cell Disease is underway for individuals up to 40 years old, using Point of Care tests and Solubility Tests. Of the 54,750 people screened, 2,930 positive cases were referred for advanced treatment. Furthermore, the camps are addressing Non-Communicable Diseases like Hypertension and Diabetes, with approximately 5,51,000 individuals screened and tens of thousands identified as at-risk or positive, leading to over 48,500 referrals to higher health facilities.
This widespread health initiative under the Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra marks a significant step towards enhancing public health and healthcare accessibility in India.