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How the country’s health improved in eight years

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Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya
The NDA government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has implemented the vision of ‘inclusive development’ during its eight-year tenure. ‘Service, Good Governance and Garib Kalyan’ have been the core pillars of the Modi government’s governance. Hundreds of initiatives were taken out of this duty, which has brought new light in the lives of the poor.

In these eight years, there has been a historic revolution in the health sector. By bringing in the National Health Policy in 2017, it was ensured to give right direction to the health ecosystem of the country. When the Modi government talked about ‘Swasth Bharat’, it is not only about medicines, hospitals and doctors, but the priority is that citizens should not get sick. For this, people are being encouraged to adopt yoga and healthy lifestyle. Even if someone becomes ill, there is a complete system of investigation and time bound treatment.

Free medicines and diagnostic services are being provided to the patients on a large scale today. Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana is providing free health insurance of Rs 5 lakh a year to more than 50 crore people of the country. At the same time, India’s effective covid management and vaccination campaign has become an example for the world. Under the world’s largest vaccination campaign ‘Sabko Vaccine, Free Vaccine’, more than 192 crore Kovid vaccines have been given free to all citizens of the country above the age of 12 years.

The identity of Prime Minister Modi is made of ‘Medicine Man’ all over the world. Due to his efforts, more than 1,000 generic and quality medicines are available at 50 to 90 percent less than the market price at more than 8,700 Jan Aushadhi Kendras in the country. Earlier the emphasis was on treatment in primary health centers but the emphasis was on prevention through health and wellness centres. Today 1.18 lakh such centers are serving the people in the country. There is a plan to open 1.5 lakh health and wellness centers across the country by December 2022.

Ayushman Bharat Digital Health Mission is going to become the world’s largest system in no time to keep people’s health records accurately and to modernize the decision-making process of treatment. Taking lessons from Kovid, Modi ji has launched Prime Minister Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission. About Rs 65,000 crore is being invested on this. There is a plan to spend about Rs 100 crore on strengthening health infrastructure in each district.

From the 15th Finance Commission, the Modi government has started giving money directly to the local bodies. Under the NDA government, MBBS seats have increased by 75 percent to almost 90,000 and post graduate seats have doubled to more than 60,000. Medical colleges have also increased from about 600 and AIIMS from 6 to 22.

It is well known that there is a direct relationship between disease and poverty. If poverty is to be removed, disease must first be removed. To give a healthy life to the poor, toilets were built in about 10 crore houses. Free electricity connection to 2.6 crore households, clean drinking water from taps to more than 9.5 crore households under Jal Jeevan Mission. Provided free LPG connections to 9.17 crore women. During Kovid, the poor do not sleep hungry, so about 80 crore people are being given free ration for more than two years.

The health sector of the country is developing rapidly with the mantra of ‘Service, Good Governance and Poor Welfare’ of Modi ji during the Amrit period. It is also being ensured that 140 crore people of the country are benefitted in this development journey. In the coming 25 years, we are working on ‘Heal in India’ and ‘Heal by India’ to make India the center of healthcare for the world. ‘Swasth Bharat’ is not just a slogan, but the commitment and insistence of the Modi government towards the poor.

(The author is the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare and Chemicals and Fertilizers)

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are those of the author.

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