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Elets Conference: 1.5 lakh sub centres to be converted into wellness centres by 2022, says Ashwini Kumar Choubey, MoS, Health, GoI

Ashwini Kumar Choubey

Health is the biggest wealth one could ever have. Human health is priceless. Even if one has amassed a huge amount of wealth, it proves to be futile exercise if he or she doesn’t maintain good health, Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, said while delivering a speech at the Annual Healthcare Summit held in New Delhi recently.

Speaking on this occasion, he cited five elements of which a human body is made of and what role does our environment play to keep us healthy.

“Human body is made of five elements— kshiti, jal, pawak, gagan and samira. These five elements are a part of environment & nature which plays an important role in nourishing human health. Environment protects human being in its own ways and it must not be challenged at any cost,” he said.

Heaping praise on Elets Technomedia for bringing together experts to share best practices, he said, “I am delighted that Elets Technomedia along with eHealth Magazine has organised the two-day summit where dignitaries and healthcare experts from different parts of the country have participated. The conference would chalk out different ways to offset challenges and deliberate upon how every single citizen would avail accessible and affordable care.”

Indian healthcare

Bihar had NDA government in 2005. As a Health Minister, I travelled to many villages and implemented many programmes related to cleanliness and health. We organised health fairs to make people aware about health issues.

Health has been a priority sector for the Government and several measures are being undertaken to provide affordable, accessible, and quality care to masses. With support from State Governments, we are scaling up different health schemes and initiatives.

In recent years, the Indian healthcare sector has evolved a lot and credit goes to cutting-edge technology including telemedicine and artificial intelligence and lots of innovative works. Government’s objective is to make healthcare preventive, progressive promotive, and qualitative.

Ayushman Bharat

Ayushman Bharat is one of its kind initiatives in the world which guarantees ‘right to quality healthcare services’. In order to make India happy and healthy, the scheme enables poor people to avail quality tertiary care of worth Rs 5 lakh. Around 20 thousand government and private hospitals have been empanelled with the scheme.

Around 70 lakh people have been benefitted till date. A total of 13 crore golden cards have been distributed to facilitate care through empanelled hospitals. We are striving towards Universal Healthcare. This scheme makes a poor man to avail best facility in big hospital like Medanta which otherwise will be a dream for him. A total of 1,300 types of packages are available in the scheme. India will become happy and healthy country only when every single citizen will have access to better care.

India to become TB free country by 2025

While 2030 has been the set target to end TB for world countries, we have taken a pledge to make India TB free country by 2025. We have plans and strategies in place for the same.

We are going to start 22 AIIMS to increase the number of doctors. Both UG and PG seats have been increased to meet huge requirement in terms of skilled workforce especially doctors. More than one lakh sub centres will be converted into wellness centres to provide best facility to people residing in villages for whom out of pocket expenditure is major constraint. The target is 2022.

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