Harsh Vardhan Shares India’s UHC Vision At G20 Okayama Health Ministers’ Meet

Government has a special vision for its projected 20% elderly population by 2050, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said at G20 Okayama Health Ministers’ Conference in Japan on Sunday.

Harsh Vardhan conveyed to G20 countries the efforts done so far under National Programme for Health Care of Elderly to provide accessible, affordable, and high-quality long-term, comprehensive health care services to an ageing population.

He also made a mention of public health measures being taken to tackle dementia. He concluded his speech by highlighting India’s commitment to ensure dignity with care for its elderly.

While sharing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for inclusive health, Harsh Vardhan said that for Universal Health coverage (UHC),Prime Minister’s vision is ‘Sab Ka Saath; Sab Ka Vikas; Sab Ka Vishwas’ for inclusive health. He also highlighted about Ayushman Bharat, FIT India Movement and Eat Right Campaign. Union Health minister confided that India is on the path to UHC and will contribute effectively in sustaining UHC at the global level.

Deliberating on health risks and health security, Harsh Vardhan said that Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) is seen as a serious emerging threat to global public health.

He conveyed to G20 Health Ministers that in a short span of time India has made commendable progress by implementing a national action plan, establishing a national antimicrobial resistance surveillance system, and its decision to contribute to global AMR R&D efforts.

While voicing his concern on AMR, he called upon all relevant UN agencies to align themselves in their endeavour to combat antimicrobial resistance.During the Simulation Exercise on “Public Health Emergency during mass gathering” on 20th October, 2019, Union Health Minister shared two best practices i.e. successful pulse polio campaign in Delhi in 1994 threatened by a major outbreak of Plague during the same period and the risk communication management to bring down the mass hysteria created by Social media during Nipah outbreak in Kerala in 2018.

The G20 Health Ministers meeting concluded by adopting the “Okayama Declaration of the G 20 Health Ministers”. The declaration, having 52 articles, endorses the Commitment of G20 countries to address the major global health issues, as highlighted above and to pave the way towards an inclusive and sustainable world, as envisioned in the 2030 agenda for sustainable development. Further, G20 members have committed to continue this dialogue during the upcoming G20 presidency in Saudi Arabia.The deliberations of the G20 Health Ministers focused on four major global health issues that are achievement of universal health coverage, response to population ageing, management of health risks and health security management including AMR and its containment. – Livemint

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