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17-October-2019 18:01 IST
Dr Jitendra Singh Chairs the Asia Health- 2019 Conference; hails the success of the Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana    

The Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh today hailed the Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana  as a unique and successful health insurance scheme launched by  Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in 2018.

Addressing  the Asia Health-2019 conference in New Delhi today Dr. Jitendra Singh  said that  over 50 lakh people have benefited from  this scheme and the government is taking healthcare protection to a new aspirational  level.  It is the “world’s largest government funded healthcare program” targeting more than 50 crore beneficiaries, he added.

Dr. Jitendra Singh  suggested that in a heterogeneous  and  dynamic nation like India  the fundamental priorities  need to be considered  while  determining  the  spectrum of healthcare and disease. We can not copy the West or other countries of the world in this connection. Though we need qualitative and quantitative changes in the health care sector but we should always keep in mind the disease spectrum and trait of dynamism occurring  in  India.  He said that India is evolving state and the disease and healthcare spectrum should be determined according to it.

Speaking on the Data  on health care in India, Dr.Singh said that we need to do much more on it as the disease spectrum has changed a lot since the last 30-40 years. The diseases which were unheard in India in the past have become very much prevalent now a days  like heart disease or diabetes etc. Some of the diseases which were confined to some areas or States only are no longer limited to that area, the socio-cultural milieu does not determined the data on health care, therefore need to work on data collection is essential, he added.

 Dr. Jitendra Singh also emphasized  on the importance of  human interface in the healthcare sector. He said  that new technology is needed but there is no alternatives for human interface in the health care.

MoS, Dr, Jitendra Singh also said that India is a younger nation as 70 per cent  of its population is below the age of 40 years who will achieve the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of making India a 5 trillion  economy by 2024. And for stopping this young  energy of the nation to wither away we have to concentrate on providing good health care system to them .

While concluding his address , Dr.Singh said that  we have to take care of preventive part of healthcare system in  India to get rid of the epidemics of the preventable diseases otherwise these diseases will continue to grow unless we evolve a system  targeting  the prevention part.

The Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India, Prof. K. Vijay Raghavan was also present on the occasion.