Dedicate the next decade to make India healthier: Vice President

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Vice President, M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurating Delta Hospital in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh. (Twitter image)

Vice President, M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurating Delta Hospital in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh. (Twitter image)

Vice President, M Venkaiah Naidu today stressed the need to dedicate the next decade– from 2020 – 2030 to make India healthier by promoting healthy lifestyle, improving healthcare facilities, making healthcare affordable and accessible to all.

He stressed the need to innovate, learn from the best practices world over to improve healthcare without financially burdening people.

Addressing the gathering after inaugurating Delta Hospitals in Rajahmundry today, he expressed concern over the rising Non-Communicable Diseases, owing to the change in lifestyle and dietary habits and stressed the urgent need to focus on the health and wellbeing of all the people.

Quoting WHO report he said that around 61 percent of deaths in India were attributed to non-communicable diseases, including heart disorders, cancer, and diabetes.

He suggested launching a national movement against the growing incidence of non-communicable diseases and asked hospitals such Delta, the Indian Medical Association and the medical fraternity to take lead in creating awareness among the people, especially the youth.

Highlighting the importance of making children and the youth to be aware of the hazards caused by unhealthy dietary habits and sedentary lifestyles, the Vice President said that students in schools must be encouraged to take part in at least one physical activity or yoga every day to stay fit and healthy.

Pointing out that achieving universal healthcare has many challenges including the urban-rural divide in quality healthcare facilities, M Venkaiah Naidu urged the private sector to expand its footprint to the villages and remote rural areas and reach out to people with affordable healthcare.

“It is important for the private sector to complement the efforts of the government in reaching modern healthcare facilities people living in rural areas,” he added.

He also asserted the urgency to improve the healthcare infrastructure, particularly in the rural areas and the immediate need to provide affordable treatment to the common man, especially in the context of the rising treatment costs.

Stating that the Government of India initiated several reforms such as Ayushman Bharat to increase citizens ; access to good quality, affordable healthcare with an aim to achieve Universal Health Coverage by 2030, the Vice President called upon the Private sector to supplement government’s efforts in achieving the 2030 target.

M Venkaiah Naidu while referring to the godly stature given to professionals such as Doctors and Teachers in Indian Philosophy asked them to keep service as their motto.

He wanted them to show empathy and compassion towards the patients and view their job as a mission to serve the people and not as a commercial vocation.

(With inputs from agency)