India’s health sector and its reputation for trust has increased manifold worldwide after successfully ending a fire test during the COVID-19 pandemic last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday and said the time had come That is to take accessibility and healthcare to the next level.
Addressing a webinar on the effective implementation of the provisions of the Union Budget in the health sector, he said that the budget allocated to health this year is unprecedented and reflects the government’s commitment to provide better healthcare.
PM Modi said that his government is taking a holistic approach to healthcare and is focusing not only on treatment but also on welfare.
To keep India healthy, the government is working together on four fronts – promoting disease prevention and well-being, providing cheap and effective treatment to the poorest of the poor, the quality and quantity of health infrastructure and healthcare professionals Enhancing and working on mission mode. To remove obstacles, PM Modi said.
The Prime Minister said that it is time to take access and affordability in healthcare to the next level, for which the use of modern technology is being increased.
“Last year was like a ‘fire test’ (test by fire) for the country and especially the health sector. I am happy that the health sector of the country was successful in this ‘fire test’. We managed to save so many lives. He attributed the achievement to the joint efforts of the government and the private sector.
The Prime Minister recalled how, within a few months, the country could set up a network of 2,500 laboratories and it could reach 21 crore tests with just a dozen tests.
PM Modi said that the epidemic has taught a lesson not only to fight the virus but to prepare the country for any such future situation.
He said, “From medical devices to medicines, from ventilators to vaccines, from scientific research to surveillance infrastructure, from doctors to epidemiologists, we have to pay attention to all so that the country is not responsible for any future health disaster. Be better prepared. “
He said that this is the inspiration behind the PM Atmanbir Swachh Bharat Yojana, under which it has been decided that a modern ecosystem will be developed in the country from research to testing and treatment.
The Prime Minister said that as per the recommendations of the 15th Finance Commission, the local bodies will get more than Rs 70,000 crore keeping health services in mind.
“The government’s emphasis is not only on investment in health care, but also to expand the reach of health care to far-flung areas of the country,” he said.
PM Modi said that during the epidemic, the health sector of India showed the strength and experience it displayed.
Throughout the world, India’s healthcare reputation and trust is at a new level, he emphasized.
PM Modi said that the demand for Indian doctors, nurses, paramedical staff, medicines and vaccines will increase worldwide and the country should be ready for this.
He said that a new trust for Indian medicines and vaccines has been established during the COVID period.
PM Modi said that the world’s attention will definitely go towards India’s medical education system and there will be a large number of foreign students to study medicine in India.
“After the great achievement achieved in making ventilators and equipment during the pandemic, we will have to work more rapidly as their international demand is increasing,” he said.
He asked the participants, can India dream of providing medical equipment to the world in a cost-effective way.
Unlike previous governments, the Prime Minister said that the current government treats health issues holistically rather than in a fragmented way.
Therefore, the focus is on welfare and not only on treatment, he said.
The protocol adopted to prevent tuberculosis can also be adopted to prevent tuberculosis as the disease spreads through droplets of infected people, he said, adding that the country has targeted to eradicate TB by 2025.
He said that wearing masks and early diagnosis and treatment are also important in the prevention of TB.
Appreciating the efforts of the AYUSH sector, he said that the infrastructure of AYUSH has also helped a lot in increasing immunity and scientific research.
He said that the world is experiencing the effects of traditional medicines in improving health with the vaccine in controlling COVID-19.
PM Modi said that although India has become the world’s pharmacy but it still depends on the import of raw materials. He said that such dependence does not augur well for the country’s industry and is a major obstacle in providing affordable healthcare.
He also spoke of how meningitis claimed the lives of thousands of children every year in Purvanchal region of Uttar Pradesh.
“UP Chief Minister (Yogi Adityanath) wept over this situation once in Parliament and indeed during the discussion on this issue. But ever since he has become CM, he has done focused activity and we are getting vigorous results. Enhancing facilities to prevent and treat the spread of meningitis, ”he said.
The government has proposed a budget outlay of Rs 2,23,846 crore for health and welfare in 2021-2022.
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