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Narendra Modi: Ayushman Bharat A Historic Step Towards Affordable Healthcare

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that India has taken “historic steps” including the world’s largest health insurance scheme – Ayushman Bharat – to provide access to affordable health care services to all and banning of e-cigarettes. Besides, greater awareness through Clean India campaign and immunization campaigns have also contributed to health promotion.

Addressing the first ever high-level meeting on Universal Health Coverage here, Modi said, “World welfare begins with people’s welfare, and health is an important component of it. And in line with this global principle, India is laying great emphasis on health.”

He said that health does not simply mean freedom from diseases. “A healthy life is every person’s right”. The onus for ensuring this is on governments, he said.

He said that India has taken a holistic approach towards this subject and is working on four main pillars of healthcare: Preventive Healthcare, Affordable Healthcare, Improvements on the supply side and Implementation in mission mode. – Indian Express