A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between National Health Authority (NHA) under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Department of Social Justice and Empowerment to provide an inclusive and composite health package for Transgender Persons under Ayushman Bharat-PMJAY.
The MoU was signed by Dr. R S Sharma, CEO, National Health Authority (NHA) and Shri R.Subramanyam, Secretary DoSJE in presence of Dr. MansukhMandaviya, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare and Dr. Virendra Kumar, Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment.
Terming this as a momentous day, Union Health Minister Dr. Mansukh Mandaviyahailed this MoU as one of its kind in the country which will give impetus to ensuring a rightful and respectable place for the transgender community by accessing healthcare services under AB-PMJAY. “This MOU has laid the foundation for a landmark transformational reform in the society.
The move which provides special healthcare benefits to the Transgender Community goes beyond ensuring equality for the disadvantaged community”, he highlighted. Noting that the transgender community suffers stigma and exclusion, he stressed that the provisioning of healthcare services under AB- PMJAY is a significant and firm step towards an inclusive society.
“It is only apt that the MOU is being signed at Dr. AmbedkarInternational Centre today, as he championed for an inclusive society with equality across all population groups in the country”, Dr Mandaviya stated.