SHCs, PHCs to be transformed into health, wellness centres by 2022

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New Delhi, Feb 12: As per the budget announcement 2017-18, 1.5 lakh health sub centres and primary health centres are to be transformed into Health and Wellness Centres by December, 2022, the Government said here on Tuesday.

Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Ashwini Kumar Choubey in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha said, ''As part of Ayushman Bharat, the Government is supporting the States for strengthening Sub Centres and Primary Health Centres as Health and Wellness Centres for provision of comprehensive primary care that includes preventive and health promotion at the community level with continuum of care approach. Universal screening, prevention and management of common non-communicable diseases have been rolled out across the country.''

States are using a Community based Assessment Checklist (CBAC) for universal screening of 30+ population to sensitize and mobilize community for availing services for chronic illnesses at HWCs.

In the current year against target of 15000 Health and Wellness Centres by March, 2019, approval has been accorded to States/UTs for over 21000 Health & Wellness Centres. As per information reported by the States/ UTs on HWC portal 8030 HWCs are operational as on February 4, 2019. (UNI)