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INR15,000 crore question: why primary wellness-centre entrepreneurs hold the key to Ayushman Bharat

Using better diagnostic aids, real-time data transfer, and digital tools, health and wellness centres and primary health centres can become the key links in India’s healthcare chain.
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Patients leaving from a WISH Foundation-run health and wellness center in Rajsamand, Udaipur; photo by Anuj Gupta
Patients leaving from a WISH Foundation-run health and wellness center in Rajsamand, Udaipur; photo by Anuj Gupta
HB Parjapat may be in the sunset years of her life, but she is merrier than ever. The octogenarian from Kumbhalgarh in Rajasthan had to cover a tortuous 70km of rugged terrain to get medical treatment at tertiary-care centres in and around Udaipur. However, things have changed for the better. Nowadays Parjapat visits the local health and wellness centre
available round the clock, there is no need to extensively train nurses. The model has worked well so far. Of the 196 patients at Rajsamand HWC in October, only 15 were referred to a community health centre or tertiary care, significantly reducing their burden. Parjapat’s smile is a bonus. ( Graphics by Abdul Shafiq and Ankita Mehrotra)
HB Parjapat may be in the sunset years of her life, but she is merrier than ever. The octogenarian from Kumbhalgarh in Rajasthan had to cover a tortuous 70km of rugged terrain to get medical treatment at tertiary-care centres in and around Udaipur. However, things have changed for the better. Nowadays Parjapat visits the local health and wellness centre available round the clock, there is no need to extensively train nurses. The model has worked well so far. Of the 196 patients at Rajsamand HWC in October, only 15 were referred to a community health centre or tertiary care, significantly reducing their burden. Parjapat’s smile is a bonus. ( Graphics by Abdul Shafiq and Ankita Mehrotra)

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