Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft has congratulated the Indian government for the successful completion of the first 100 days of the healthcare scheme Ayushman Bharat from its launch. He also expressed his joy over 6.85 lakh people benefiting from the healthcare program.
“Congratulations to the Indian government on the first 100 days of @AyushmanNHA. It’s great to see how many people have been reached by the program so far. @PMOIndia”, Bill Gates tweeted.
Congratulations to the Indian government on the first 100 days of @AyushmanNHA. It’s great to see how many people have been reached by the program so far. @PMOIndiaJagat Prakash Nadda✔@JPNaddaIn just first 100 days of #AyushmanBharat, 685000 beneficiaries availed free health care & the number is rising rapidly.57K11:42 AM – Jan 17, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy26.1K people are talking about thisThe response from Gates came after Union Health Minister JP Nadda informed that 685000 beneficiaries have availed free health care in just first 100 days of the scheme and the number is rising rapidly.
“In just first 100 days of #AyushmanBharat, 685000 beneficiaries availed free health care & the number is rising rapidly,” Nadda tweeted.
Ayushman Bharat is Modi government’s flagship healthcare scheme that aims to provide medical coverage to over 10 crore poor families.
It was earlier reported that the first 100 days of the scheme have also seen around 5,000 claims being settled each day.
Around 16,000 hospitals have been empanelled by the state governments and the National Health Agency (NHA) under Ayushman Bharat. More than half of the hospitals are from the private sector. The government is also planning to empanel more branded specialty hospitals under the scheme.
Bill Gates had recently expressed his admiration for the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. In a blog titled “India is winning its war on human waste”, Gates lauded the steps taken by the nation to deal with dirt and disease.
Quoting portions of Modi’s Independence Day speech wherein he spoke of the difficulties women in the country face owing to lack of toilets, Gates admitted that he couldn’t “think of another time when a national leader broached such a sensitive topic so frankly and so publicly.”
Impressed at the words having transformed into action, with the Swachch Bharat campaign, Gates said “Modi backed up his words with actions” and also posted a short video titled Talking Toilets focusing on the issue.