12th Year of eHealth

Transforming Indias Rural Healthcare

Faggan Singh Kulaste
Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare

In a bid to revive the Indian healthcare sector, the government has decided to upgrade at least 141 district hospitals in the country. The move will have a massive impact on the Indian healthcare sector as every rural area will be covered under this initiative, says Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Faggan Singh Kulaste, in conversation with Gautam Debroy of Elets News Network (ENN).


Q. What are the initiatives the government has taken in health sector to bridge the rural-urban divide?

The government has implemented various schemes like National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) to address healthcare needs of the rural areas. The government has decided to work on it effectively.

It has also been decided to upgrade the hospitals running in the rural areas of the country. In the first phase, 58 district hospitals will be upgraded, followed by 83 hospitals in the second phase. I think this will have a massive impact on the countrys health sector as every rural area will be covered under this initiative. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been continuously putting in efforts to take this forward.


Q. What steps the government has taken to promote sales of generic medicines in the country?

In order to promote generic medicines in the country, the government has taken all the necessary provisions. Stalls have been set up for the people to easily avail quality medicines at cheaper rates. Now, our focus is on establishing such stalls in all the regions of the country.

Q. The government has adopted a focused approach for the development of Northeast India. How is the government planning to boost health sector of the region?

For the benefit of the North-Eastern region, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 26 laid the foundation stone of AIIMS Guwahati, Assam. This is the first such institute to come up in the Northeast India. With the completion of the project, all the people of the North-Eastern region of the country can avail the benefits of a quality healthcare institution with facilities at par with top hospitals in the country.

Q. What is the role of FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) in the healthcare sector of India?

The required provisions are already in place and I think that the sector is already reaping necessary dividends from it.

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