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Ayushman Bharat - Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana Pakhwada to be observed in Isles from today

Port Blair ,

            Ayushman Bharat - Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY), the world's largest health assurance programme will be completing three years of its implementation on Sept. 23. Ayushman Bharat Pakhwada will be observed across the country from Sept. 15 to 30, to mark the occasion and create awareness among the eligible beneficiaries about the benefits of the scheme and to generate PMJAY card for the left out eligible beneficiaries. The scheme provides cashless treatment worth Rs. 5 Lakhs per family per year to eligible beneficiaries for secondary and tertiary care hospitalizations at more than 23,000 empanelled public and private hospitals across the country.
     AB-PMJAY aims to cover 50 Crore beneficiaries from 10.4 Crore families belonging to the poor and vulnerable sections of the country. PMJAY cards have been issued to 16 Crore beneficiaries in the country as on date. More than 2 Crore hospital admissions have been recorded under the scheme since its implementation.
      The Health Department has conducted camps and door to door surveys to identify and issue PMJAY cards to the AB-PMJAY beneficiaries of these Islands. PMJAY cards have been issued to 36,974 beneficiaries belonging to 11,164 eligible families in the UT. The general public may visit the website www.mera.pmjay.gov.in  and login using their mobile number to find out their eligibility under the scheme. The list of left out beneficiaries is available in the offices of the Deputy Commissioners of all the three Districts and the empanelled hospitals under the scheme namely G B Pant Hospital, Port Blair, Dr. R P Hospital, Mayabunder and BJR Hospital, Car Nicobar.
       The UT Health Scheme Andaman & Nicobar Islands Scheme for Health Insurance (ANISHI) was merged with AB-PMJAY on 15.08.2020 and the beneficiaries covered under ANISHI namely permanent residents of these islands with annual income less than Rs. 3 Lakhs, PHH & AAY Ration Card holders of the UT and pensioners of the UT Administration settled in these islands are now covered under the merged scheme.
     Following merger of the two schemes, 320 beneficiaries from these Islands have been referred for management of critical illnesses to empanelled hospitals in various States of the country including Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Kerala & Uttarakand. The scheme has helped the beneficiaries of these Islands to undergo cashless treatment for various critical illnesses pertaining to specialties, which are not available in these Islands like Cardiology, Oncology, Neurosurgery, Urology and Spinal Surgery.
     The Health Department shall carry out various programmes during the observance of Ayushman Bharat Pakhwada from Sept. 15 to 30 including special drives to identify PMJAY beneficiaries, talk shows on AIR and DDK, bytes on AB-PMJAY on local cable TV, awareness generation during Poshan Maah celebration, essay competition for college students and bulk SMS to BSNL customers, a press release received from CMO, NFSG, Nodal Officer (AB-PMJAY), DHS said.