CM Urban Slum Health Scheme: Over 54 lakh people received no-cost treatment facilities near homes

Raipur (| The Chhattisgarh government’s ambitious scheme, the Chief Minister Urban Slum Health Scheme, provides free health care access to people living in urban areas through mobile medical units. As per the initiative of CM Bhupesh Baghel, poor families living in slums in urban areas of Chhattisgarh are provided with no-cost treatment facilities near their homes, and the scheme has benefited nearly 54,40,633 people. Under the Chief Minister Urban Slum Health Scheme, mobile medical units equipped with doctors, paramedical teams, medical equipment, and medicines provide health facilities to the people in the slum areas. Pathology tests were performed on 14,60,851 people, and free medicines were given to more than 46,87,757 people under the scheme.

This scheme, run by the Urban Administration and Development Department, has organized 71,539 camps to provide treatment in 169 urban bodies of the state. Minister for Urban Administration and Development and Labour, Dr. Shivkumar Dahariya, has instructed departmental officers to provide free medicine to the urban poor and other needy individuals following their health check-ups.

It is worth mentioning that the first phase of this scheme was started on 01 November 2020, with 60 mobile medical units to provide health facilities to the people living in slums in 14 municipal corporation areas of the state. Keeping in view the success of this scheme, the scope of the scheme was expanded to all urban bodies in the state on March 31, 2022, with the addition of 60 new mobile medical units. On July 1, 2023, CM Bhupesh Baghel announced the expansion of five more mobile medical units to treat people in slums. New mobile medical units will be launched soon to provide treatment to more needy people, including those living in slums. The initiative offers health services near homes for free, including health screenings, treatment, and medications to avoid the need for hospital visits.