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National Health Authority, SER & ER join hands to organize Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY drive at Garden Reach Hospital

Kolkata, Aug 28 (UNI) PM-JAY Ayushman Bharat in collaboration with the South Eastern
and Eastern Railways, organized an Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) Beneficiary Identification and awareness drive at Garden Reach Hospital, here,
wherein approx 100 contractual staff and ad hoc labour were screened to identify the
beneficiaries and their families.
This drive is being organized to increase awareness about the Government of India’s
flagship scheme AB PM-JAY and the benefits offered under the scheme. It will enable
the contractual staff of the Railways and their families to verify their eligibility under
Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY at the Beneficiary Identification system (BIS) kiosks. This will
help the identified beneficiaries avail secondary and tertiary treatment for serious
illnesses anywhere across the country.
The objective behind the execution of this drive was to understand the feasibility level
of BIS rollout via empaneled hospitals, wherein 14 hospitals under South Eastern and
Eastern Railways were responsible for their kiosk.
Earlier in Mumbai and Delhi, the execution of BIS drive enabled us to understand the
feasibility level of BIS rollout via CSC. Both the models were successful in implementing
the BIS drive.
The pilot drive executed was the base for the large-scale rollout drives will be planned
for Eastern Railway and South Eastern Railway zones at Sealdah and Kharagpur railway
station respectively to identify beneficiaries and their families especially from the
contractual population working with the Railways and raise awareness about Ayushman
Bharat -Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna (AB-PMJAY).
Earlier this year, National Health Authority signed an MoU with the Ministry of Railways empaneling 91 hospitals covering 17 zones in 19 states under PM-JAY. This fourth drive is
a step forward to streamline processes of healthcare delivery in the country by bringing in
railway hospitals in the PM-JAY network and enable more and more people to seek and
avail inpatient care at the country’s best hospitals.
In line with this initiative, one pilot has already been successfully conducted on June 1
last in Mumbai at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (under Central Railways) and at
Mumbai Central (under Western Railways) which was followed by a second drive on
June 18 at Chennai Central (under Southern Railways) and a third drive on June 25 at
New Delhi Railway Station, Old Delhi Junction, Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station and
Anand Vihar Terminal Railway Station (under Indian Railways).
Sharing their views, Dr. Kshirod Chandra Sahoo, Principal Chief Medical Director,
Eastern Railways and Dr. Ranjan Kumar Pani, Principal Chief Medical Director, Eastern
Railways highlighted that their partnership with the National Health Authority is a step
forward in enabling quality healthcare and access to the patients. They look forward to
a productive partnership. Before executing this pilot drive, a regional level capacity
building workshop was also executed for Eastern Railway and South Eastern Railway
at B.R. Singh Hospital, Sealdah on August 26 for its successful implementation.
Dr. Indu Bhushan, CEO, AB-PMJAY and National Health Authority said, “With
successful drives in Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi earlier, this collaboration with Eastern
and South Eastern railways will enable us to further expand our network to provide
quality inpatient care. Across all drives we have received incredible response from the
railway staff and karamcharis and we look forward to effectively drive awareness about
Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY among potential beneficiaries. We deeply appreciate Eastern
and South Eastern railways’ support in helping us expand our network by empaneling
their hospitals with us.”
UNI BM
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