In an update presented to Parliament this week, the government revealed a remarkable turnout at health melas organised as part of the Ayushman Bhav campaign. Since September 17, over 9.9 lakh health melas have been held at health and wellness centres nationwide, attracting an impressive footfall of 705.69 million people.
A significant number of attendees benefited from these melas. Notably, free medication was provided to 468.81 million individuals, and 372.61 million people received complimentary diagnostic services. In terms of health screenings, an astounding 1,377.06 million procedures were conducted.
Adding to the healthcare accessibility, medical colleges have been actively participating by organising weekly health melas at Community Health Centres (CHCs). These events are rotated among various centres, enhancing access to specialised services including Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Surgery, ENT, Ophthalmology, and Psychiatry. This initiative ensures continuous, comprehensive healthcare coverage in every block, as stated by Bharati Pravin Pawar, Minister of State for Health, in a written parliamentary reply.
The data reports a total of 26,793 CHC health melas conducted from September 17 to date. During these events, 110.64 million patients registered, and 34.59 million consultations were held in special outpatient departments (OPDs). Additionally, 26,675 major surgeries and 94,433 minor surgeries were successfully performed.
Another significant achievement of the Ayushman Bhav campaign is the creation of over 3.5 crore Ayushman cards, with the highest number of cards issued in Uttar Pradesh, followed by Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.
Launched by the President on September 13, the Ayushman Bhav campaign aims to fully integrate selected healthcare services in every village and town. This initiative aligns with the Prime Minister’s commitment to ensuring healthcare accessibility for all, especially those in the remotest areas.
Key components of the campaign include the ‘Ayushman – Apke Dwar 3.0’ project, which focuses on attaining complete coverage of Ayushman cards at the individual level, distributing these cards through field workers, and initiating a national campaign for card delivery. The campaign is a collaborative effort involving health, Panchayati Raj, and rural development departments, supported by ASHA workers, frontline workers, and self-help groups.