VP Naidu pitches high priority for health in policy making

RSTV Bureau
File photo of Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu.

File photo of Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said that achieving good health for all is an important goal of the Government. At an event to launch the India State-level Disease Burden report prepared by the Indian Council of Medical Research in Delhi he called for higher priority for health in policy making and enhanced resources for preventive and public health measures.

Good health is a foundation for furthering social and economic development, but cautioned that in order to do better, several things need to happen, he said.

The Vice President also underscored the importance of securing good health for the entire Indian population, pointing out that it is an important goal of the government

He highlighted the importance of family planning in India and suggested giving incentives to those who follow it.

The report by the India State-level Disease Burden Initiative provides comprehensive estimates for each state from 1990 to 2016 for the first time in India.

Along with the technical scientific paper and the open-access visualization tool, it provides systematic insights into the health status of each state and health inequalities between the states.

The Vice President is slated to inaugurate Andhra Pradesh’s first-ever agriculture-technology hackathon today in the coastal city Vishakapatnam.

More than 1,500 business heads, farmers, NGOs, experts from agriculture and technology were expected to participate in the three-day event — AgTech Summit 2017.

The valedictory session of the event will be presided over by Microsoft Corporation’s co-founder Bill Gates, said T Srinivasa Rao, Officer on Special Duty to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.

“The initiative will be a great integration of IT and Internet of Things (IoT) in agriculture sector besides giving importance to horticulture, aquaculture and animal husbandry,” Naidu said in a statement.

The event is being organised by the Andhra government along with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Dalberg Advisors and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

(With inputs from Kriti Mishra)