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First anniversary of Ayushman Bharat celebrated
Correspondent

Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh at the event on Monday.
 DIMAPUR, Sept 23 - Nagaland’s Health and Family Welfare department, in association with the departments of Social Welfare, Urban Development and Municipal Affairs, organised a walkathon on Monday to celebrate one year of the Ayushman Bharat scheme.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Pangyu Phom flagged off the walkathon. Speaking on the occasion at the Dimapur District Hospital, the Minister said the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (ABPMJAY) was launched on September 23 last year to prevent impoverishment due to expenses on hospitalisation and to promote access to quality health care for the poor and vulnerable sections of society.

Phom said 63 hospitals have been empanelled so far and many people have benefited from it. For effective management of grievances, redressal mechanisms have been put in place in the hospitals.

On attempts to enroll ineligible persons and malpractice by hospitals, the Minister said adequate measures were being taken to prevent such fraudulent activities. He said stern action will be taken against fraudsters.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Antoly Suu said that under the scheme, a beneficiary having e-card can avail upto Rs 5 lakh per year and can get treatment in all empanelled hospitals in the country. He said the beneficiaries were selected based on the Social Economic Caste Census 2011. She said 30,344 beneficiaries have availed the scheme in Dimapur district.

Our Imphal Correspondent adds: The first anniversary of Ayushman Bharat was celebrated in Imphal on Monday, with Chief Minister N Biren Singh and Health and Family Welfare Minister L Jayantakumar and senior officials of the health department attending the state-level function.

In Manipur, there are 14.08 lakh eligible beneficiaries from 2.77 lakh eligible families under ABPMJAY, out of which 1.8 lakh beneficiaries have been verified and PMJAY cards have been generated for them. As many as 6,245 instances of beneficiaries being provided treatment, with an amount of Rs 10.9 crore, have been recorded under ABPMJAY so far.

Manipur also has its own health scheme, Chief Minister-gi Hakshelgi Tengbang, which provides cashless hospitalisation of up to Rs 2 lakh per family per year. A total of 75,308 families have been enrolled under CMHT so far. There has been 15,114 instances of beneficiaries being provided treatment under CMHT, amounting to Rs 21.39 crore.

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