Tezpur, April 30: Ayushman Bharat, the national health protection scheme, aims to provide the underprivileged and economically backward people access to empaneled government as well as private healthcare facilities.
With this aim of benefitting the BPL families of both rural and urban areas, Sonitpur district launched the programme centrally by organizing a Gram Sabha in Udmari Gaon Panchayat under Balipara Development block in the presence of A K Chetia, Special Consultant, NHM, Assam as chief guest. More than 100 families attended the gram sabha along with their ration cards and phone numbers to update their data in the beneficiary list for this additional data collection drive. Addressing the hall, Chetia said, “Each BPL family enrolled in the SECC list of 2011 census will be provided medical benefit coverage of Rs 5 lakh for each family, and family size is not a constraint at all. Beneficiaries of this scheme can get cashless benefits from any ‘in network’ private/public hospital across the country.”
Adding more, Dr Kemprai said, “After the scheme is implemented, timely treatment of ailment can be ensured. This will lead to improvement in health, highly satisfied patients, job creation and productivity and efficiency improvements. Hence, overall improvement in the quality of life can be guaranteed.”