Since the launch of the first HWC in Chhattisgarh by PM Narendra Modi in April last year, a total of 10,252 HWCs have been operationalized. However, nearly 50% of these centers are in just five states — Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala, government data shows.
Andhra Pradesh has operationalized 1,361 HWCs, Tamil Nadu 1,318, UP 912, Karnataka 700 and Kerala 678 HWCs. Moreover, with around 10,000 such centers, the government is still short of its target of setting up 15,000 HWCs during 2018-19. The government plans to set up another 25,000 centers next year. The government aims to establish 1.53 lakh HWCs by 2022.
This assumes significance as preventive care has been on top of the government's healthcare agenda. Apart from immunization coverage, the government had aimed to provide door-to-door free screening for non-communicable diseases because of their rapidly increasing incidence and late diagnosis leading to high rate of mortality.
The data shows over 1.30 crore people were screened to check for hypertension, 97.78 lakh were tested for diabetes, whereas 71.85 lakh were screened for oral cancer. For cancer and cervical cancer, 16.67 lakh and 12.26 lakh were tested, respectively.