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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a crore boost of 64,180 rupees for the health sector. The budget for health and well-being in BE 2021-22 is 2.23.846 crores compared to this year’s BE of 94.452 crores, which corresponds to an increase of 137 percent.

The Government of India allocated Rs 2.23,846 crores – an increase of 137 percent – to health care in the 2021-22 budget. The government under Prime Minister Aatmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana will spend 64,180 rupees on health care over a six-year period, said Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharama, and unveiled the first digital household in 2021-22.

โ€œA new centrally sponsored program, PM AtmaNirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana, will be launched at a cost of around 64,180 crores over a period of 6 years. This will develop capacities for primary, secondary and tertiary care. Health systems, strengthening existing national institutions, and creating new institutions to detect and cure new and emerging diseases. This will be in addition to the National Health Mission, โ€said Sitharaman.

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She also highlighted the main interventions under the program:

– Support for 17,788 rural and 11,024 urban health and wellness centers.
– Established integrated public health laboratories in all districts and 3,382 public health block units in 11 states.
– Establishment of intensive care hospital blocks in 602 districts and 12
central institutions;
– Strengthening the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), its
– regional branches and 20 health monitoring units in major cities;
– Expansion of the integrated health information portal for everyone
– States / UTs to connect all public health laboratories together;
– Operate 17 new public health units and strengthen 33 existing public health units at entry points, ie at 32 airports, 11 seaports and 7 land crossings;
– Establishment of 15 emergency call centers and 2 mobile hospitals; and
– Establishment of a national facility for One Health, a regional research platform for the Southeast Asia region of the WHO, 9 Biosecurity
– Level III laboratories and four regional national virology (NIV) institutes.


The Finance Minister added, โ€œIn order to improve nutrient content, delivery, reach and outcomes, we will merge the Supplementary Nutrition Program and Poshan Abhiyan and launch the Poshan 2.0 mission. We will adopt an intensified strategy to improve nutritional outcomes in 112 aspirational districts.

โ€œThe pneumococcal vaccine, a Made in India product, is currently limited to just five states and is being rolled out nationwide. This will prevent more than 50,000 child deaths annually. I have allocated 35,000 crores for the Covid-19 vaccine in Budget Estimates 2021-22. I have an obligation to provide additional funding if necessary, โ€she said.

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