Work on 1.5 lakh health and wellness centers progressing at a steady pace: PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that in order to strengthen the primary healthcare network, work on the 1.5 lakh health and wellness centers is also progressing at a steady pace. He further said that so far more than 85,000 centers are providing facilities for routine examinations, vaccination and testing. In this budget, the mental health care facility was also added to them, he added.
The Prime Minister’s remarks came during the Department of Health and Family Welfare’s post-Union budget webinar. This is the fifth webinar in the series of post-budget webinars presented by the Prime Minister. Union ministers, health professionals from the public and private sectors and professionals from allied health, nursing, health management, technology and research were present on the occasion.
At the outset, the Prime Minister commended the health sector for successfully carrying out the largest immunization campaign in the world which established the efficiency and mission-driven nature of the Indian health system. The Prime Minister said the budget builds on the health sector reform and transformation efforts that have been undertaken over the past 7 years.
“We have taken a holistic approach in our healthcare system. Today, we focus not only on health, but also on well-being,” he stressed. The Prime Minister elaborated on three factors that underscore efforts to make the health sector holistic and inclusive. First, the expansion of infrastructure and modern human resources related to medical science. Second, the promotion of research in traditional Indian medical systems like Ayush and their active engagement in the health system. Third, to provide affordable health care to every citizen and every region of the country through modern and futuristic technology.
“We are working to ensure that essential health facilities are at block level, district level, close to villages. This infrastructure needs to be maintained and upgraded from time to time. For this, the private sector and other sectors will also have to move forward with more energy”, he added. Regarding the strengthening of medical human resources, the Prime Minister said: “As the demand for health services increases, we are also trying to create qualified health professionals accordingly. Therefore, a significant increase is made in the budget for health education and human resource development related to health care compared to last year.”
The Prime Minister called on the healthcare community to work in a timely manner to advance these reforms using technology, with a focus on improving the quality of medical education and making it more inclusive and affordable. On the factor of modern and futuristic technologies in the medical field, the Prime Minister hailed platforms like CoWin which established India’s reputation in the world for digital health solutions. Likewise, he said, Ayushman Bharat Digital Health Mission provides a simple interface between consumer and healthcare provider.
“With this, it will become very easy to get and give treatment in the country. Not only this, it will also facilitate global access to quality and affordable Indian healthcare system,” the Prime Minister said of the benefits of Ayushman Bharat digital health mission. . The Prime Minister stressed the positive role of remote healthcare and telemedicine during the pandemic. He highlighted the role of these technologies in bridging the healthcare access gap between urban and rural India. Referring to the future 5G network and fiber optic network project for each village, the Prime Minister asked the private sectors to come forward to increase their partnership. He also focused on promoting drone technology for medical purposes.
The Prime Minister noted the growing global acceptance of Ayush and said he was proud that the WHO was going to open its only global center for traditional medicine in India. “Now it’s up to all of us to create better AYUSH solutions for ourselves and for the world as well,” he added. (ANI)
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