Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that his government is committed to strengthen the initiatives in health care to ensure universal health coverage. Modi was laying foundation stone for All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Medical College and Hospital at Madurai, when the hashtag, #GoBackModi started trending on Twitter a day ahead of his visit.
Reiterating the emphasis of his government on the health sector, the prime minister said the idea of his government is to ensure that everyone is healthy and health care is affordable. Modi said that one of the steps from his government is Ayushman Bharat which is a big step to ensure achievement of universal health coverage for the people.
“Schemes such as Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandhana Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan is making Safe pregnancy a mass movement. The speed and scale at which Mission Indradhanush is working is setting a new paradigm in preventive healthcare. The number of under graduate medical seats has been increased by 30% in the last four and half years," Modi said.
“In some ways, the laying of foundation stone of AIIMS at Madurai today reflects our vision of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat. AIIMS in Delhi has cultivated a brand name for itself in healthcare. With AIIMS in Madurai, we can say that this brand of healthcare has been taken to all corners of the country - from Kashmir to Madurai and from Guwahati to Gujarat.
AIIMS at Madurai will benefit the entire population of Tamil Nadu," he said.
The initiative is aimed at boosting healthcare facilities and services in Madurai and adjoining areas of Tamil Nadu. The new AIIMS will come up at Thoppur in Madurai which aims to provide leadership in advanced healthcare, medical education and research in the region. This location will primarily benefit people residing in the Southern backward districts of Tamil Nadu.
Pointing out Ayushman Bharat Scheme in the state, prime minister said that around 1 Crore 57 lakhs people from Tamil Nadu are covered under this scheme. Tamil Nadu has already started 1320 health and wellness centers. “Just over 3 months, about 89000 beneficiaries have benefited under Ayushman Bharat scheme and an amount of more than Rs. 200 Crore has been authorized for admitted patients of Tamil Nadu only," said Modi.
The prime minister further said that his government is committed to the elimination of Tuberculosis by 2025. “We are providing technical and financial support to states. I am happy to learn that state government is up scaling the TB free Chennai initiative and seeking to eliminate TB in the state by 2023 itself." Modi said.
Prime Minister also inaugurated the super speciality blocs of Rajaji Medical College, Madurai, Thanjavur Medical College and Tirunelveli Medical College, as a part of Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana, which aims to upgrade 73 medical colleges across the country. Prime Minister expressed his happiness as he inaugurated the super speciality blocks at three Government Medical Colleges. The Prime Minister also inaugurated 12 Post Office Passport Seva Kendras in the state claiming these as example of improvement in ease of living.