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Covid-19 Aftermath: Tremendous Opportunity for Global Reset, Says Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan

As nations prepare for the Covid-19 aftermath, there is a tremendous opportunity for a global reset, said Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare.

“We believe that it is the need of the hour to exhibit firm political and financial commitment to mobilize resources for strengthening the capacity of the health and energy sectors. As nations prepare for the Covid-19 aftermath, there is a tremendous opportunity for a global reset. Ambitious green stimulus plans will help countries restore their economies while deepening their energy transition. I am confident that the collaboration and collective action of this coalition group will help to achieve a greener and healthier planet,” he said at the first meeting of the World Health Organization’s High-Level Coalition on Health and Energy Platform of Action.

The world is still reeling under an unprecedented threat of Covid-19 that has pushed governments and citizens to take extraordinary steps to protect human lives and reduce morbidity across the globe. The pandemic, as well as the enormous efforts to manage it, have reiterated the massive interdependence amongst various sectors. It has also underlined the need to ensure that inter-connectedness across sectors needs to be reflected in our policies to ensure an effective and sustainable service delivery, Dr Harsh Vardhan added.

The Union Health Minister also said that that an expert body called the National Action Plan on Climate Change and Human Health was constituted by the Indian government with the multiple objectives of creating awareness amongst the general population, health-care providers and policy makers regarding impact of climate change on human health. This National Expert Group submitted its report recently in April 2021 with inclusion of Subject Specific Health Action Plans on identified Climate Sensitive Diseases and ‘One Health’.

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