SHILLONG: The Meghalaya Government's commitment towards improving the healthcare infrastructure received a major boost when the State bagged the coveted 'Ayushman Utkrishtata Puraskaar 2022' (Ayushman Excellence Awards) awards in two categories from the National Health Authority (NHA) at a function held in New Delhi recently.
The state bagged the 'Top Performing State/UT Accolade' category award for achieving the feat of 'Maximum Saturation in the Population of Doctors and Nurses in Healthcare Professional Registry', and the 'Best Performing State (Small)' category award for achieving the feat of 'Highest Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY) scheme utilization (2021-2022), during a ceremony held in the national capital, stated a press release.
Taking to Twitter, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma expressed happiness at his State's significant achievement. In his tweet, the Chief Minister congratulated the entire "Team Meghalaya" for bringing home the great honours. He complemented the State's Health Department for its efforts and said that credit must be given to officials and people working at the grass-roots level.
During a recent public address, CM Sangma stated that "the State Government is according foremost priority to the health sector and is committed in ensuring effective delivery of healthcare services to the people." The two awards, therefore, are a wonderful ratification of this ardent commitment towards improving the healthcare infrastructure in the State.
The recognitions were presented by Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on the closing day of the two-day Arogya Manthan 2022, celebrating completion of four years of Ayushman Bharat PMJAY, and one year of Ayushman Bharat Digital Health Mission.
Ayushman Bharat PMJAY is a national public health insurance fund of the Central Government that aims to provide free access to health insurance coverage for low-income earners in the country and providing a cover of Rs 5 lakh per family per year for medical treatment in empanelled hospitals, both public and private.
The Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM) aims to develop the backbone necessary to support the integrated digital health infrastructure of the country. It will bridge the existing gap amongst different stakeholders of healthcare ecosystem through digital highways.