World has witnessed strength, resilience shown by India’s health sector: PM

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New Delhi (NVI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that the world is now looking up to India’s health sector after it showed strength and resilience during the Covid-19 pandemic, while noting that the country should work towards reducing imports of raw materials for production of medicines and medical equipment.

While addressing a webinar on effective implementation of budget provisions in health sector, PM Modi said the prestige and trust towards the country’s health sector has increased manifold all over the world and that now the country has to work towards the future while keeping this in mind.

He said the demand for Indian doctors, nurses, para medical staff, Indian medicines and vaccines will increase across the world, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

In his address, PM Modi said the world’s attention would definitely shift towards India’s medical education system and there would be a huge influx of foreign students to study medicine in India.

“We have to work faster after the great feat we achieved in manufacturing ventilators and equipment during the pandemic as there is an increased international demand for these,” he said.

“If India can dream of providing all the necessary medical equipment to the World in a cost effective manner? Can we focus on how to make India a global supplier in an affordable and sustainable manner with user friendly technology?” PM Modi asked participants in the webinar.

“As opposed to the previous Governments, the current government treats Health Issues in a holistic manner rather than in a fragmented manner. Therefore, the focus is on wellness and not just in treatment,” he said.

The Prime Minister further said that the Government is working with a four pronged strategy towards a healthy India.

“The first is “Prevention of illness and Promotion of Wellness”. Measures such as Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, yoga, timely care and treatment of pregnant women and children are part of it.

“The second is to “provide cheap and effective treatment to the poorest of the poor”. Schemes like Ayushman Bharat and Pradhan Mantri Jan AushadhiKendras are working towards the same.

“The third is to “increase the quality and quality of health infrastructure and health care professionals”. Since last 6 years, Expansion of institutions like AIIMS and increasing the number of medical colleges all over the country are attempting this.

“The fourth is to “work on mission mode to overcome obstacles”. Mission Indradhanush has been extended to the tribal and far-flung areas of the country,” PM said in his address, adding that India has advanced its target to eradicate TB by five years to 2025 from the World’s target of 2030.

The PM said the protocols adopted in preventing Corona Virus can also be similarly adopted for preventing TB as the disease spreads through droplets of the infected people. “Wearing masks and early diagnosis and treatment are also important in prevention of TB,” he said.