Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar recently opened the Rudraksh Convention Center in Sigra, Varanasi’s regional epidemiology training program National conference of Southeast Asia region in the presence of Dr V K Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog. The conference’s goal is to increase the knowledge and expertise of medical professionals working in disease monitoring, public health initiatives, and health emergency management in the field of epidemiology.
Dr Pawar emphasised the necessity of developing epidemiology expertise and acknowledged the help provided by the National Centre for Disease Control, India. In order to achieve the Hon. Prime Minister’s vision of “Ek Bharat-Shreshtha Bharat” and “Bhavya Kashi-Divya Kashi,” she highlighted that India’s public health staff for outbreak detection and response needs to be increased.
“This training programme will show to be highly beneficial in integrating the experience of the Covid period,” the Union Minister said. In developing a policy framework, the panel discussions that take place during this conference and their recommendations will be crucial. She said, “A programme to construct public health infrastructure is being organised, which will support and strengthen the development of public health personnel across the nation. She added that a strong network of public health professionals is being set up in order to handle any future epidemics.
In the course of the session, Dr Pawar released the One India FETP Roadmap Document and CD Alert on Ebola Virus Illness.
Dr Pawar highlighted the Ayushman Bharat Mission initiatives, pointing out that screening for diseases like diabetes, hypertension, TB, filariasis, kala-azar, dengue fever, and malaria is done in Ayushman Bharat – Health and Wellness Centers, and that tele-consultation services have been available since COVID-19.
She also stated that “under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, Ayushman cards have been made for more than 5 crore beneficiaries across the country who can avail free treatment up to Rs 5 lakh in any state of the country”. She also highlighted that “modern labs are being prepared under the Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure initiative and health records are being made available on mobile only under the Ayushman Bharat Digital Health Mission”.
She also conveyed her gratitude and admiration for all the CHOs and ASHA employees who are crucial to the delivery of community-based basic healthcare services.
Dr. VK Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog, stressed on the eradication of Neglected Diseases (NTDs). He stated that “to establish and demonstrate India as the regional leader in public health workforce development for emergency preparedness and response in South East Asia, the conference will also focus on the successful implementation of strategic plans and responses of the Government of India during the COVID pandemic”.
Under the direction of the Government of India and the State Government of Uttar Pradesh, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Center for Disease Control, and the Indian Council of Medical Research-National Institute of Epidemiology (ICMR-NIE), are organising the three-day training session. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) USA is collaborating on the organisation of this training course. The primary organisation in charge of overseeing this programme is the National Control for Disease Center (NCDC).
This training programme was created in accordance with the Prime Minister’s vision for Skill India. Between the years of 2012 and 2020, this programme was carried out in conjunction with the US CDC. This programme is fully funded by the Prime Minister’s Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission, Government of India, starting in 2021 due to its usefulness during the Covid-19 pandemic, and it is backed by the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) and Directorate General of Health Services, Government of India.
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