Health remains key development challenge for India: Prez

Ramnath Kovind
President of India laying the foundation stone for the campus of JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research at Varuna village in Mysuru

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind has said that health remains a key development challenge for India which is linked to the larger socio-economic challenges and the solution to these has to be  broad-based and multi-pronged.

The President while laying the foundation stone  for the campus of JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research at Varuna village in Mysuru  on October 11 said, “We have achieved a lot over the years. Yet, health remains a key development challenge for us. As a country we are challenged by the triple burden of communicable, noncommunicable and new and emerging diseases. Malnutrition and neglected tropical diseases place severe constraints on us. We need to improve access to health services”.

He said, “Our health challenges are linked to our larger socio-economic challenges. Our solutions to meet our health challenges need to be broad-based and multi-pronged. They must use the power of both modern medicine and traditional knowledge. They must focus on both the mind and the body. They must involve both prevention and cure”.

He said cleanliness and sanitation was the base requirement for tackling many of our health-related issues and diseases. A nation-wide revolution for cleanliness and health was already underway.

“It must continue and become stronger with each passing day. This would be our tribute to Mahatma Gandhi whose 150th birth anniversary we just celebrated,” the President said.

The President said that the JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research at Varuna Village was a tribute to Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Mahaswamiji whose 104th Jayanti was being celebrated this year.

He said that Sri Suttur Math’s focus on education was strongly encouraged by Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamiji.

He also expressed confidence that this new ‘Global Campus’ of JSS Academy would help the institution to further contribute in the field of education.

The JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research was established in 2008 and is regarded as a reputed institute of health sciences.

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