Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya stated, “India believes in value-based health care and is continuously striving to provide high quality and cost-effective healthcare to everyone. Aligned with its philosophy of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam and our philosophy of perceiving health as a service, India has offered Co-WIN platform as a digital public good to any interested country. India has offered Co-WIN as a digital public health good to WHO through WHO’s C-TAP initiative”, as he chaired the Health Ministers’ virtual session of “Voice of Global South Summit – 2023” titled: Cooperation to build resilient healthcare systems. The session served as a platform to generate ideas from the developing world for holistic healthcare.
Welcoming all participants, Dr Mansukh Mandaviya said, “It is the need of the hour to focus on long-term measures to build stronger, more resilient health systems that can prevent, prepare for, & respond to future health-related challenges while maintaining essential health services.” Highlighting the significant milestones achieved by India through its journey of managing the COVID-19 pandemic, he added, “We have administered more than 2.2 billion vaccines with 90% 2nd dose coverage of 12+ population & 220 million precautionary doses. India’s experience has reinforced the fact that capacity building of healthcare workers at various levels of governance, coupled with harnessing digital technology is the way forward.”
According to Dr. Mandaviya, the soon-to-be-launched Heal in India programme intends to make India a worldwide hub for medical & value-based healthcare for patients from all over the world by making use of its health infrastructure for patients abroad. With 8,00,000 AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy) doctors, 3.4 million nurses, and more than 1.3 million allopathic doctors, India could give the necessary care to patients from all nations, including the Global South. He said that India pledges to collaborate with partners in the Global South to maximise the potential of traditional medicine to advance health, wellness, and care that is centred on the needs of the individual.