Dimapur, September 23: Since the launching of the ambitious ‘Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY)’, also known by the names ‘Ayushman Bharat Yojana’ and ‘National Health Protection Scheme’, altogether 30,344 e-cards have been issued to the eligible beneficiaries in Dimapur and total amount of benefits availed in the district till date is approximately Rs 1,75,63,680.
The data was revealed by Deputy CMO, Dr Antoly Swu on the occasion of ‘Ayushman Bharat Diwas’, celebrated to commemorate the first anniversary of PMJAY here at Chapel Hall of District Hospital Dimapur. S Pangnyu Phom, Minister of Health & Family Welfare was the special guest.
She revealed that total eligible beneficiary in Dimapur is around 2,20,165 and it is decided on the basis of deprivation criteria in the SECC (Socio Economic Caste Census 2011) database and therefore, for now, no addition can be made to the list.
Launched on September 23, 2018, the scheme at national level has helped more than 39 lakhs people save Rs 12,000 crore since its launch and at the State level, 3,255 beneficiaries availed the benefits so far and the total amount stands at Rs 4.70 crore. Under PMJAY, eligible families are entitled to a financial assistance upto Rs 5 lakhs per year.
She informed that to streamline the process and avoid clashing of responsibilities, Clairvoyance Technologies Private Limited located at Supermarket (near Hotel Saramati) have been allotted the task of conducting BIS (Beneficiary Identification System) drive in Dimapur from the month of August and under DMC areas, it has generated 1500 cards in a month. Also, around 600 to 800 cards have been generated under office managements.
She mentioned one can contact Avizo Puro (9856232331/03862224331) for the BIS.
Earlier, a walkathon was organized on Monday morning as part of the celebration from Holy Cross Junction and ended at District Hospital Dimapur. The walkathon was flagged off by Pangnyu Phom. DC Dimapur Kevekha Kevin Zehol, Dimapur Chief Medical Officer Dr K Vikato Kinimi were part of the event.
Phom cautions implementing authorities
Later, at the Chapel Hall of Dimapur District Hospital, Pangnyu Phom said though the celebration was planned to be held in the State capital, due to the presence of local and non-local beneficiaries and Dimapur being the mirror of Nagaland, the celebration was shifted to the District Hospital.
“We are lucky,” he said claiming India is the only country in the world to have such a scheme and appealed to the people to cooperate with the department so that the unreached can be reached and everyone eligible should avail the benefits of it.
He mentioned that there are 63 empanelled hospitals in the State where one can avail the benefits. 125 people from Nagaland availed the benefits outside the State.
He asked the private hospitals who haven’t empanelled for the scheme to come forward and assured the people that the treatments would not be compromised.
He, however, cautioned the implementing authorities and insurance companies to be careful as well as prevent illegal activities, reminding them that if anyone is caught doing something wrong, stern actions will befall upon them and there is no escape.
DC Dimapur, Kevekha Kevin Zehol said that the scheme is something to be appreciated as not everyone is rich. He asked the doctors and nurses to revisit their commitment and know that a lot of healings are done the way doctors and nurses show care to the patients.
He also announced that it has been decided to use a part of the LAPD funds to do a “touch-up” of the hospital morgue, and referring to a previous report of Nagaland Page said there will not be the reports of “rats eating dead bodies” in future.
Dr Kinimi in his welcome address called the scheme an example for the world and the best Government policy. (Page News Service)