Union minister Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday informed the Rajya Sabha that the country will have 40,000 Ayushman Bharat Health and Wellness Centres, meant for primary health care, by the end of 2019-20. Also he informed that over 19,000 AB-HWCs are at present operating in the country. The Wellness Centres are supported by the government for strengthening primary health centres in states for promotive and preventive health care. The health minister also further said that in order to provide a comprehensive health coverage to the beneficiaries, free essential drugs and diagnostic services are also being provided through AB-HWCs. Services at AB-HWCs are free and universal to all. The Memorandum of Understanding for implementation of AB-PMJAY has been signed with 33 states and Union Territories.