Madurai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the NDA government was committed to strengthening initiatives for ensuring universal healthcare and the “pathbreaking” Ayushman Bharat scheme is being implemented to holistically address health issues.
Addressing the gathering after laying the foundation stone for Rs 1,264 crore AIIMS at Thoppur near here, he outlined the welfare initiatives taken by the Government of India (GoI) on the healthcare front. The AIIMS reflects the vision of “Ek Bharat Shreshta Bharat,” he said.
AIIMS in New Delhi had cultivated a brand name for itself in healthcare and with the AIIMS in Madurai to come up “we can say that this brand of healthcare has been taken to all corners of country from Kanyakumari to Kashmir to Madurai, from Guwahati to Gujarat,” he said.
Expressing confidence that the proposed AIIMS will benefit the entire Tamil Nadu, he said “the NDA government is giving great priority to health sector so that everyone is healthy and healthcare is affordable.”
Through the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana, the government has supported up gradation of government medical colleges across the country, he said.
The Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana and other similar plans are making safe pregnancy a mass movement, he said.
Besides in Delhi, there are six other functional AIIMS at Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Jodhpur, Patna, Raipur and Rishikesh.
The GoI has also proposed to set up 14 news AIIMS across the country.
Expressing happiness over inaugurating the new super speciality blocks in Tamil Nadu government medical colleges, Modi referred to the GoI’s health initiative Mission ‘Indradhanush’.
The speed and scale of ‘danush’ (arrow) was working and setting a new paradigm in preventive healthcare.