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COVID made India realise need for strong healthcare system, says Harsh Vardhan

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday said that coronavirus pandemic made India realise the need for a strong healthcare system in the country. He stressed on the need to strengthen epidemiological intelligence-gathering.

While speaking during a virtual ministerial meeting on ‘Universal Health Coverage’, the Health Minister said, “In 2019, UNGA adopted a declaration on Universal Health Coverage which India aims to make a reality for citizens. Then COVID made us realise the need for a strong healthcare system.”

“We need to integrate public health surveillance and data sharing in the primary and secondary health care, spurred by design reforms to expand and build IT enabled disease monitoring systems. We also need to strengthen epidemiological intelligence gathering,” he added.

The Health Minister further stated that for most of this year, the world has been battling a rapidly evolving pandemic that has speared few countries, testing the resilience of health systems to their utmost.

“However, the COVID-19 pandemic brought home to us several lessons. It has made us realize the importance of a resilient and strong public health system,” Harsh Vardhan said. – Times Now News

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