Health Minister J P Nadda said the government would extend all help to ensure that states have requisite infrastructure and adequate capacity with regard to achieving Univeral Health Coverage (UHC).

"The central government is committed to assisting the states/union territories in the direction of UHC. This is, however, to be carried out in a phased manner given the need for requisite infrastructure and adequate capacity in the states," he added during Question Hour.

He was asked whether the government proposes to roll out universal healthcare plan.

With regard to tertiary healthcare, the Minister mentioned nine more AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) have been announced. At present, six AIIMS are operational.

He added that 70 medical colleges/institutions have also been taken up for upgradation."Further, approval has been given to set up 17 new medical colleges and upgradation of 22 district hospitals into medical colleges in the last one year towards universalisation of tertiary care," he noted.

For ensuring UHC, states need to have a robust system and the Centre is ready to provide whatever help is required to them, the Minister said.

Under the National Health Mission (NHM), support is provided to states and union territories for strengthening their healthcare delivery system including for free/affordable healthcare, free drugs and diagnostics to all those who access public health facilities.

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