India committed to universal health coverage: Harsh Vardhan

The health minister said that flattening the curve will require international multi-sectoral collaborative efforts to ensure that health systems across the world are able to maintain sufficient capacity.

At the virtual joint meeting of G20 Finance and Health Ministers, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday highlighted the need for global solidarity to tackle the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The health minister said that flattening the curve will require international multi-sectoral collaborative efforts to ensure that health systems across the world are able to maintain sufficient capacity to address the flux of complicated COVID-19 cases as well as protect the vulnerable and elderly.

“This is also a time for decisive public health leadership and for preparing for future waves and the post-COVID-19 era,” Vardhan said, adding, “Public health leaders must look beyond borders. Only by learning from the global experience in our battle against a virus that respects no borders, can we honour the lives already lost and implement life-saving measures for current and future patients.”

He further highlighted India’s commitment to universal health care coverage and said that the country stands together with the world to realise the shared mission of saving lives, protecting people’s health and re-energising global economy at the earliest.

With a history of frugal and quality manufacturing, India will continue to play its role through “Make-In-India and Make-for the World endeavour” and support fully the development of research and digital capabilities for managing delivery, the health minister said.

“We need to focus on creating effective health systems for improved pandemic preparedness,” Vardhan said, adding that while all the other action plans are a response to a pandemic, a well-developed healthcare system can support containing the pandemic.

Access to COVID-19 diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines is fair and equitable, Vardhan said and stressed that “access to protection should not be a factor of ability to pay”. – Times Now News

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