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Centre Adds More Services to Ayushman Bharat Health Centres

Published on July 10, 2023
Current Context: India’s five-year-old Ayushman Bharat -Health and Wellness Centres (AB-HWCs) programme, which has grown to more than 1.60 lakhs centres and registered a footfall of over 178.87 crore (as of June end), is undergoing its biggest ever expansion of services.
Centre Adds More Services to Ayushman Bharat Health Centres
  • Under the latest expansion spree, the Central government is adding services, including screening, prevention, control & management of non-communicable diseases, care for common ophthalmic & ENT problems, basic oral health care, elderly and palliative health care services, emergency medical services, and screening and management of mental health ailments.
  • Additionally, to complement the expanded services, the essential list of medicines and diagnostics has been expanded to make available 171 medicines at Primary Health Care-Health and Wellness Centres (HWCs) and 105 at Secondary Health Care-HWC and 63 diagnostics at PHC-HWC and 14 at SHC-HWC.
  • A new cadre of Community Health Officers, 1.29 lakh in position, has been introduced at the level of SHC-HWC to act as clinicians as well as public health managers and to lead the team of Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA), Anganwadi Workers (AWW) and Auxiliary Nurse Midwifes (ANM).
  • The goal is to provide Comprehensive Primary Health Care (CPHC), including both maternal and child health services and non-communicable diseases as well as free essential drugs and diagnostic services through AB-HWCs closer to the homes of people.


Q.1 How many medicines are available at Primary Health Care-Health and Wellness Centres (HWCs) under the expanded services of AB-HWCs programme?
a. 171

b. 105
c. 63
d. 14
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