India ensured drug supply to 123 countries amid Covid pandemic: Minister of Health
BAKOU, Azerbaijan, May 28
India has secured drug supplies to 123 partner countries despite its own needs amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and has also been active in global efforts to develop “diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines. “to fight infection,” Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said. Thursday.
He was speaking in a virtual interaction with ministers of health from countries of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM). Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization was also present at the meeting.
Reiterating that India will always strive for “the health of all”, Dr Vardhan said: “Despite its own needs, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have ensured the supply of medicines to 123 partner countries, including 59 NAM countries. India has also been active in global efforts to develop diagnostics, therapies and vaccines for COVID-19 because we know and understand that no one is safe until everyone is safe. is not.
He said India had adopted transformational strategies and accelerated many initiatives aimed at all the core principles of universal health coverage, such as strengthening health systems including primary health care, improving health access to free medicines and diagnostics and reduction in catastrophic health care costs.
“India is moving towards ‘universal health care for all’ which means every Indian citizen should have world-class treatment facilities. Comprehensive immunization coverage is increasing at a rapid rate and increasing pressure. focus on village micro-plans as we aim to improve coverage to 90% in one year, ”the Minister of Health said in a statement.
Speaking about India’s ambitious national health policy, he noted: “Our flagship health initiative called ‘Ayushman Bharat’ aims to provide free health insurance to over 500 million disadvantaged people, making it the largest health insurance system in the world. “
“And we dream of making this program much bigger, of ensuring it for all Indians!” If a developing country like India can dream of this level of “health for all” policy, I think the rest of the world needs to think even beyond that, ”he said.
However, he expressed concern about the current pandemic which has demonstrated humanity’s vulnerability to the demands and stressed the need to act with greater speed and predictability.
“We need an aggressive roadmap to reduce deaths from diseases that can be eliminated. We need a new roadmap to tackle drug and vaccine shortages. Our motto should always be to protect the health of people without wealth, “added the minister.