Union Health Secretary, Shri Sudhansh Pant, chaired the National Urban Health Conclave, focusing on “Enhancing Health Systems Resilience in Urban Areas.” Shri Manoj Joshi, the Secretary of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, was also in attendance.
Shri Pant emphasized the urgent need to bolster primary and secondary healthcare in urban regions. He pointed out the successful healthcare models in Maharashtra and Gujarat, where Urban Local Bodies (ULB) played a pivotal role. Pant believes that ULBs can make healthcare more affordable and accessible for city residents.
Praising the collaboration between the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Pant expressed that their combined efforts can pave the way for a healthier urban environment. He urged all states and union territories to address existing healthcare gaps and promote the exchange of best practices.
Shri Manoj Joshi agreed on the importance of tailoring healthcare services to the unique needs of urban populations. He lauded the rural health and wellness centers, emphasizing the need for healthcare services to adapt to their surroundings.