Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya informed the Rajya Sabha that the World Bank had granted a loan of USD $1 billion to fund India’s flagship PM Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission (PM-ABHIM). The loan that has been cleared consists of two complementary loans totaling USD 500 million each for the India’s Enhanced Health Service Delivery Program and Transforming India’s Public Health Systems for Pandemic Preparedness Program (PHSPP).
- The World Bank will fund India’s premier PM Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission (PM-ABHIM) through this.
- The PHSPP supports initiatives like bolstering current health units at points of entry and building new health units at PoEs in an effort to boost the resilience and preparedness of India’s health system for a pandemic.
- In addition, it sought to build BSL-3 laboratories, regional research platforms, and zonal institutes for the National Institutes of Virology, as well as a health emergency operation centre, metropolitan health monitoring units, and a strengthened surveillance system.
- In a few prioritised states, the EHSDP seeks to support the delivery of comprehensive primary healthcare services.
- Ayushman Bharat Health and Wellness Centers (AB-HWCs), a revised comprehensive primary health care model, will be used to boost service delivery in order to improve household access to primary healthcare facilities.
- Supporting the certification of quality assurance standards throughout Health and Wellness Centers (HWCs), bolstering the health workforce, and establishing Block level public health units would also help to improve overall quality of care (BPHUs).
- Different parts of the PM-ABHIM intend to help all the states and UTs in the nation; in addition to normal budgetary support, support from the World Bank will be used to implement the selected activities effectively.
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- Union Health Minister: Mansukh Mandaviya