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Scores of patients get relief from Ayushman Bharat Golden Card in J&K

Last Updated on November 26, 2021 at 4:54 pm

Under the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) SEHAT, the health department of Jammu and Kashmir has launched Ayushman Bharat Golden Card.

These cards have provided relief to several patients specifically people belonging to weaker section of the society. Under the AB-PMJAY scheme, a person can avail medical facilities up to Rs five lakh per family on a floater basis to all residents.

Till now in J&K, the department of Health has so far registered 5595956 beneficiaries. Among the registered beneficiaries, 935143 belong to north Kashmir’s Baramulla, Kupwara and Bandipora districts.

Bashir Ahmad, a carpenter, from Old town Baramulla, suffered heart attack and Bashir was shifted to territory care hospital at Srinagar where doctors suggested for surgery.

“The procedure cost was expensive for us,” said Bashir’s wife. She added that if they had not obtained Golden card, they would have faced lot of trouble and added that golden card saved life of her husband.

Not only Bashir there are several other patients who have got the benefit from the golden card. The people from weaker sections of society who could not afford better health care facilities and treatment in government and private health care institutions have received benefit from the card.

Another patient Manzoor Ahmad from Baramulla district recently went through an open heart surgery at SKIMS Srinagar. He also availed the benefits from the card.

In 2018, The Ayushman Bharat Yojana, also known as Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) was started by the Prime Minister Narinder Modi to help the economically weaker section of country under which a golden card is issued to the beneficiary so that they can attain medical and health care facilities for free.