Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates lauded Narendra Modi-led government for the successful completion of the first 100 days of the healthcare scheme ‘Ayushman Bharat’ from its launch. Gates also congratulated the government for providing healthcare benefits to 6.85 lakh people in such a short span of time.
“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.
— Bill Gates (@BillGates) January 17, 2019
The founder of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation had said his organisation has funded the World Bank to “emulate” the project as it is worth doing so. Bill and Melinda want other countries to also adopt the scheme.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September 2018 launched the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana which aims to provide a coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family annually, benefiting more than 10.74 crore poor families or over 50 crore people for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation through a network of empanelled health care providers.
On his blog, Gates said, “This is not the kind of issue that most politicians like to talk about. But I would guess that in the short time he has been in office, Prime Minister Modi has done more to raise the awareness of the need for toilets than any other leader since the country gained independence”.
Gates further said, “It may seem surprising when you think about all the innovation coming out of India, but 630 million people there defecate in the open because they don’t have access to a commode. Worldwide, the number is 2.5 billion people.”