Representing India at the World Health Organization – South East Asia Regional Office (WHO-SEARO), the Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar highlighted the key measures and strategies planned to ‘build back better’ to achieve Universal Health Care and health-related Sustainable Development Goals and to strengthen health system resilience for the future.
Acknowledging that the Covid-19 pandemic has affected virtually every sphere of life affecting lives and livelihoods alike apart from causing huge loss of lives, she said, “Guided by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, the country adopted a proactive, pre-emptive, whole of Government, the whole of society and people-centric approach to manage the pandemic. Our preparedness and response strategies utilised our past experiences of managing public health emergencies and contemporary scientific knowledge about evolving nature of the disease to decide requisite public health interventions. India’s strategy for fighting the pandemic is built on five pillars – Test, Track, Treat, Vaccinate and adherence to Covid Appropriate Behaviour. With a decentralized but unified, the whole of government approach, we focused on rapidly creating the Covid dedicated infrastructure and upskilling our healthcare workforce.”
She offered intervention on behalf of India at the Ministerial Roundtable for the 74th Session of the WHO Regional Committee, for South-East Asia. The union minister noted the proactive “bold” decisions by India’s strong and decisive leadership like surveillance at points of entry slowed down the entry and spread of the Covid-19 and gave enough time for the country to build public health capacities and infrastructure to effectively manage the pandemic.