Dr Mansukh Mandaviya

At the Indian Council of Medical Research – National Institute of Malaria Research (ICMR-NIMR), Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya, recently launched five new facilities. These include a Test Research Laboratory, an Innovation Complex, a Conference Hall Complex, and a 300-seat Auditorium. He was accompanied by Prof. S.P. Singh Baghel and Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar, Union Ministers of State for Health and Family Welfare.

Dr. Mandaviya highlighted the government’s commitment to fostering research and innovation across all health fields. He remarked that these newly inaugurated centres, which have been instrumental in researching various health issues like Viral Infections, HIV/AIDS, and Zoonotic diseases for over forty years, are vital for India’s self-sufficient health infrastructure.

The Union Health Minister underscored the government’s efforts in making India’s health sector fully self-reliant. He pointed out the significance of ‘Jai Anusandhan’ in the context of India’s rapid development and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and affordable treatments for rare diseases.

Dr. Mandaviya also emphasized the dynamic nature of the health sector, noting that continuous research and innovation are key to keeping pace with global advancements. He lauded ICMR for its growing global recognition and contributions to health research.

The goal of the Union Government, as per Dr. Mandaviya, is to position India at the forefront of health and scientific evidence-based treatment. He called for the use of new technologies and innovations in health to realize the vision of a New India.

Reflecting on ICMR’s century-long journey, Dr. Mandaviya praised its role in medical research and its contribution to global health, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He commended ICMR-NIMR for its leading role in malaria research and emphasized the institute’s role in India’s aim to eliminate malaria by 2030. He also highlighted the importance of tackling other vector-borne diseases.

Dr. Mandaviya spoke about the integration of advanced technologies like Digital Health and AI in healthcare, including the innovative use of drones for vaccine and drug delivery and organ transfer.

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