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Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates congratulated the Indian government for the successful completion of the first 100 days of the healthcare scheme Ayushman Bharat from its launch on Thursday.
He also expressed his joy over 6.85 lakh people benefiting from the healthcare program. The response from Gates came after Union Health Minister JP Nadda informed that 685000 beneficiaries have availed free health care in just first 100 days of the scheme and the number is rising rapidly.
Earlier Bill Gates expressed his admiration for the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. In a blog titled “India is winning its war on human waste”, Microsoft’s principal founder lauded the steps taken by the nation to deal with dirt and disease.
Quoting portions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech wherein he spoke of the difficulties women in the country face owing to lack of toilets, Gates admitted that he couldn’t “think of another time when a national leader broached such a sensitive topic so frankly and so publicly.”
Impressed at the words having transformed into action, with the Swachch Bharat campaign, Gates said “Modi backed up his words with actions” and also posted a short video titled Talking Toilets focusing on the issue.
Ayushman Bharat scheme was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Ranchi in Jharkhand on September 23. It aims to provide health cover of Rs 5 lakh per family annually to more than 10.74 crore poor families or 50 crore people for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization through a network of impaneled health care providers.