“Corporate leaders across all sectors should explore opportunities of investment in the emerging field of senior care.” This was stated by Anupriya Patel, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare during her keynote address at the ‘1st Annual Senior Care Conclave’ organized by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). Speaking at the function, Anupriya Patel stated that the rapidly changing global demographics have resulted in a sharp rise in the demand for senior care services. “Health services are to be designed in such way that there is a complete coordination across the thread of care providers to cure acute conditions and symptoms,” she said. Anupriya Patel also released a CII Report Igniting Potential in Senior Care Services and inaugurated an exhibition at the event. Speaking at the occasion, Anupriya Patel stated that the rapidly changing global demographics have resulted in a sharp rise in the demand for senior care services. This coupled with an increased life expectancy of the population, and an increased tendency globally to have nuclear families, has further accelerated the growth in the senior care sector, she said.
Highlighting the initiatives of the Health Ministry, Anupriya Patel said that the National Program for the Health Care of Elderly (NPHCE) addresses various health related issues of the elderly people and the program is an articulation of the international and national commitments of the government. The program is State oriented and basic thrust of the program is to provide dedicated health care facilities to the senior citizens (>60 year of age) at various level of primary, secondary and tertiary health care, she added. “The basic aim of the NPHCE Program is to provide dedicated, specialized and comprehensive health care to the senior citizens at various levels of state health care delivery system including outreach services. Preventive and promotive care, management of illness, health manpower development for geriatric services, medical rehabilitation & therapeutic intervention and IEC are some of the strategies envisaged in the NPHCE,” Anupriya Patel mentioned.
The Minister further stated that NPHCE was launched in 100 identified districts of 21 States and Eight Regional Geriatrics Centers in selected medical colleges as referral units during the 11th Plan period. As on March 2018, 520 districts in 34 states and UT’s had been sanctioned for provision of geriatric care services. “19 regional geriatric centers in government medical colleges of 18 states sanctioned for specialized care and training purpose. Two National Centers for Ageing (NCA) in AIIMS Delhi and Madras Medical College, Chennai have been sanctioned to be developed as centers of excellence for geriatrics. In 2018-19, 79 more districts have been recommended, taking the number of districts sanctioned for provision of geriatric care services to 599 districts,” She elaborated. – PIB