1.5L health sub-centres to be AB-HWCs

1.5L health sub-centres to be AB-HWCs

Agency News

New Delhi, Jul 23 : As per the budget announcement 2017-18, to provide Comprehensive Primary Health Care (CPHC) to ensure health for all, a total of 1,50,000 Health Sub Centres and Primary Health Centres are to be transformed into Health and Wellness Centres (AB-HWCs) by December 2022, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Tuesday.

Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Ashwini Kumar Choubey in a written reply here said that under AB-HWCs, CPHC includes promotive, preventive, curative, palliative and rehabilitative services.

The AB-HWCs are envisioned to provide an expanded range of services to include care for non-communicable diseases, palliative and rehabilitative care, Oral, Eye and ENT care, mental health and first level care for emergencies and trauma as well as health promotion and wellness activities like Yoga apart from services already being provided for Maternal and Child Health including immunisation and communicable diseases. Free essential drugs and diagnostic services are also being provisioned through these HWCs.(UNI)