coronavirus update indiaas on : 14 July 2020 04:26 GMT+5:30
WHO Chief: "COVID-19 Could Be Opportunity For India To Speed Up Healthcare Scheme Ayushman Bharat"
Ayushman Bharat is the world's largest health insurance scheme and was launched by the Narendra Modi government in 2018.
WHO Chief:" COVID-19 Could Be Opportunity For India To Speed Up Healthcare Scheme Ayushman Bharat"
New Delhi: The coronavirus pandemic which has resulted in challenges for several nations, could be an "opportunity" for India to speed up the health insurance scheme Ayushman Bharat, especially with a focus on primary healthcare, said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
The director-general was responding to a question on the coronavirus situation in India, where the cases of coronavirus cases are increasing rapidly. India went past Itlay on Friday to become the sixth-worst hit nation by the pandemic.
Mr. Ghebreyesus during a press briefing in Geneva on Friday said that "Of course COVID is very unfortunate and it's challenging for many nations but we need to look for opportunities too. For instance for India, this could be an opportunity to speed up Ayushman Bharat, especially with a focus on primary health care. I know there is a very strong commitment from the government to speed up the implementation of Ayushman Bharat and with primary healthcare and community engagement, I think we can really turn the tide".
The Ayushmann Bharat is the world's largest health insurance scheme and was launched by the PM Modi in 2018.PM Modi last month had said that the number of people who have benefited from the scheme crossed the one crore mark.
The scheme aims to cover more than 500 million beneficiaries and provide coverage of Rs 500,00 per family, per year.
Mr. Ghebreyesus referring to the Ayushman Bharat scheme added tat "using and speeding up what has started could actually help in India and that's what WHO was very appreciative by the way when Ayushman Bharat started. And this could be a very good opportunity actually to test that and speed up and use it to really fight this pandemic."
In the last 24 hours, India reported 9,887 new coronavirus cases in the biggest one-day spike so far, government data shows. There has been a minor fall in recovery rate compared to Friday, from 48.27 percent to 48.20 percent.
The number of deaths reported in the last 24 hours is 294 taking the total death in India to 6,642.