As part of the Ayushman Bharat scheme, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) directed the Ministry of Ayush to run 10% of its 1.5 lakh health and wellness centres. These hubs would be known as Ayush Health and Wellness Centres (AHWCs) and would exclusively use alternative medicine. “As part of Ayushman Bharat, 1.5 lakh health and wellness centres were proposed to be set up in a phased manner to provide comprehensive primary healthcare. The Centre and various state governments will share the funding, with the Centre providing 60% of the funds,” said Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, secretary, Ayush. The ministry has three years to bring the plan to fruition.
Each AHWC will have a team consisting of a physician, two multi-purpose workers and accredited social health activists (ASHAs). The centres will have an examination room, yoga hall, diagnostics and medicine dispensation room, telehealth facilities, labour room, and herbal garden among others.
“While these 12,500 centres will run exclusively through Ayush systems, even in the remaining health and wellness centres, there will be an integration of both the systems as we are attempting to create a seamless model of integrative medicine,” said VK Paul, member, Niti Aayog.