Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday gave a go-ahead for the continuance of India’s "National health Mission," which will be effective until March 2020. The Centre also approved a budget support of approximately Rs85,217 cr. The National Health Mission (NHM) would be the principal vehicle for Universal Health Coverage in the country, stated a press release issued by the Centre.

NHM will play a pivotal role in strengthening the public healthcare systems across India— most specifically in top-priority districts. The scheme will focus on comprehensive primary healthcare by improving and enhancing the country’s Health and Wellness Centres (HWCs) alongside primary and secondary health care centers.

The HWC will focus on providing preventive and rehabilitative services. The Cabinet also approved the “Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission” (AB-NHPM). This scheme, which is targeted at the poor and backward communities, will provide health coverage of Rs5 lakh/family for a year. Nearly 10 crore Indian families fall under this category. The government has also introduced two other schemes targeted at senior citizens: The “Rashtriya Swasthya Bhima Yojana and “Senior Citizen Health Insurance Scheme.”

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