Newborn babies and young children will be issued their own Ayushman Bharat Health Account (ABHA) numbers, also known as health IDs, allowing parents to track their children’s health records.
The National Health Authority is developing a mechanism under which parents can generate ABHA numbers for their newborns and young children.
The ABHA number will enable parents to upload all personal health records from birth, as well as all healthcare benefits availed, ranging from public health programmes to insurance schemes.
Currently, only individuals above 18 years of age are entitled to enrol for ABHA cards.
To be sure, the central government runs several programmes and schemes, such as POSHAN Abhiyan, Reproductive and Child Health, and Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram, catering to young children and newborns.
These programmes monitor the development of children from birth and address child healthcare issues such as malnutrition and childhood obesity.
“The need was felt that parents should also get an opportunity to track their kid’s growth and development right from their birth. It was also observed that when a baby is born, he/she does not have any ID or document, and generating a birth certificate for a baby may take up to 30 days. Now, the idea is to enable parents to create an ABHA ID for their babies by integrating their own ABHA number with the system. This will empower parents to have access to their child’s health record and generate a longitudinal health history right from the birth of their baby," said a government official familiar with the matter, requesting anonymity.
In the later stage, the system will also accept the birth certificate of the child, along with other ID documents such as Bal
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