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The State Agency For Comprehensive Health Insurance and Integrated Services (SACHIS), Government of Uttar Pradesh organized an event to commemorate four years since the launch of Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) in the state. Organized by ACCESS Health and supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the event was held at the King George Medical University, Lucknow on September 30, 2022. Technical sessions and discussions were organized as a part of the event where several senior dignitaries from government and private sector participated.

Dignitaries present at the inaugural session of the event included Principal Secretary, Department of Medical Health and Family Welfare, Shri Parth Sarathi Sen Sharma; Chief Executive Officer State Agency for Comprehensive Health Insurance and Integrated Services (SACHIS), Ms. Sangeeta Singh and other senior government officials. The session witnessed widespread participation from the healthcare sector and other stakeholders.

The Technical Plenary session titled ‘Next Generation of Implementation, Improved Quality Health Outcomes and Reduced Out of Pocket Expenditure’ was chaired by Shri Parth Sarathi Sen Sharma, Principal Secretary, Medical Health Family and moderated by Ms. Himani Sethi, Director of Programs at ACCESS Health International. Presenting the findings of the study ‘Process Evaluation of PM-JAY Implementation in Uttar Pradesh was Dr. Umakant Dash, Director, Institute of Rural Management-Anand and the discussants were Dr Sudha Chandrashekhar, Executive Director, HPQA, National Health Authority, Ms. Gomathi Venkatachalam, Head Financial Inclusion and Insurance, Karkinos Healthcare, and Dr Devendra Khandait, Deputy Director, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The second plenary session was titled ‘Prioritizing Cancer Care in PMJAY- Drugs, Diagnostics and Targeted Therapies- Current Context and way Forward. The keynote speaker was Executive Director National Health Authority, Dr. Shankar Prinja and the session was moderated by Dr. Gaurav Aggarwal, Professor of Endocrinology & Breast Surgery; Chief Medical Superintendent, Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Science, Lucknow. The presenter Dr. Kirti Srivastava, Radiation Oncologist, King George’s Medical University spoke on Patient Journey and current challenges in Cancer Treatment. Panel Discussants were Dr. Anand Mishra, Professor & Head, Endocrine and Breast Diseases, King George’s Medical University, Dr. Poonam Gupta, Senior Radiation Oncologist, Hanuman Prasad Poddar Hospital, Gorakhpur and Dr. Sanjeev Jasuja, Medical Superintendent, State Cancer Institute, Head of Department, Medical Oncology, Sawai Man Singh College, Jaipur.

Beneficiary identification drive (Ayushman Card making) fortnight is also being organized in the state from Sept 15. A coffee table book comprising success stories of beneficiaries of the scheme from various districts was also released on the occasion.

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