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Varanasi: PM Modi to launch Rs 64,180 crore health infrastructure plan today

The objective of PMASBY is to fill critical gaps in public health infrastructure, especially in critical care facilities and primary care in both urban and rural areas.

Varanasi PM Modi to launch Rs 64,180 crore health infrastructure plan today-dnm
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New Delhi, First Published Oct 25, 2021, 8:32 AM IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday will launch the Pradhan Mantri Aatmnirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana (PMASBY) and inaugurate nine medical colleges in Varanasi.

PMASBY is a national health infrastructure scheme with an outlay of Rs 64,180 crore over five years, which will be one of the largest pan-India schemes for strengthening healthcare infrastructure across the country. It will be in addition to the National Health Mission.

The objective of PMASBY is to fill critical gaps in public health infrastructure, especially in critical care facilities and primary care in both urban and rural areas.

According to a statement by the press information bureau, the Prime Minister will inaugurate the project from his parliamentary constituency Varanasi, during a visit to poll-bound Uttar Pradesh. Besides this, he will also inaugurate nine new medical colleges at Siddharth Nagar, the bureau added.

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“Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Uttar Pradesh on 25th October, 2021… at around 1.15 in Varanasi, the Prime Minister will launch PMASBY. It will be one of the largest pan-India schemes for strengthening healthcare infrastructure across the country. It will be in addition to the National Health Mission,” a note by the press information bureau said on Sunday.

“Modi will also inaugurate various development projects worth more than ₹5,200 crore for Varanasi,” it added.

“Under PMASBY, a National Institution for One Health, 4 New National Institutes for Virology, a Regional Research Platform for WHO South East Asia Region, 9 Biosafety Level III laboratories, 5 New Regional National Centre for Disease Control will be set up. PMASBY targets to build an IT enabled disease surveillance system by developing a network of surveillance laboratories at block, district, regional and national levels, in Metropolitan areas. Integrated Health Information Portal will be expanded to all States/UTs to connect all public health labs,” the statement said.

The scheme was announced by the Union government in the Budget 2021-22 on February 1 this year and it was approved by the Cabinet in September.

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