Prime Minister Narendra Modi optimistically said that if 2020 was the year of health challenges, 2021 is going to become the year of health solutions. He said that the world will move towards health solutions with better awareness, and India will play a major role in the health solutions as it played in the meeting the challenges of 2020.
He said this during the foundation stone laying ceremony of AIIMS Rajkot, Gujarat on Thursday. He laid the stone virtually and addressed the gathering that consisted of Union MinisterHarsh Vardhan, Governor of Gujarat Acharaya Devvrat, Chief Minister of Gujarat Vijay Rupani and many more.
India as a leader in healthcare:
The PM said India’s contribution for the health solutions of 2021 will be critical for the scaling of the solutions. Given the competence of Indian medical professionals and service motivation, along with expertise like mass immunization experience India will provide smart and affordable solutions to the world. Health startups are integrating health solutions and technology and making health care accessible. “ India is going to play an important role in both the future of health and health of the future”, Modi said.
The Prime Minister said that as the diseases are becoming globalised, it is time for coordinated global response for global health solutions. India has done this as a global player. India proved its mettle by adapting, evolving and expanding as per demand. India moved with the world and did value addition in the collective efforts. India is emerging as the nerve centre of global health, in 2021 we need to further strengthen this role of India, the Prime Minister added.
Vaccination for COVID-19 imminent:
He said India is in a much better position as a result of the effective steps and India’s record of saving victims of Corona has been much better than other countries.
Regarding the vaccination, he said that every necessary preparation about the vaccine is going on. Efforts are in the final stages for making the vaccine made in India, rapidly reaching every nook and corner. India’s preparation is in full swing, to run the World’s largest Immunization Campaign. He called to move forward together to make vaccination successful just the way last year we tried to prevent infection.
Health infrastructure during Modi regime:
The Prime Minister said even after so many decades after independence in the country only 6 AIIMS were established. During Atal ji’s government in 2003, steps were taken to establish 6 more AIIMS. He added that in the last 6 years, work on 10 new AIIMS were started and many have been inaugurated. He said along with AIIMS, 20 Super Specialty Hospitals are also being constructed.
The Prime Minister emphasized that before 2014, different aspects of our health sector were working towards different directions and approaches. He said after 2014, the health sector has worked holistically and emphasis was on preventive care, while also giving priority to modern treatment facilities. He said that the Government reduced the cost of treating the poor and at the same time, also emphasized on increasing the number of doctors rapidly.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister remembered the efforts of the 9 million Doctors, Health Workers, Scavengers and other Frontline corona warriors who have constantly put their lives at stake to protect humanity. He lauded the efforts of the scientists and to all those who provided food to the poor in this difficult period with full dedication.