Highlights:

  • Praised the country for its way of combatting the deadly virus. 
  • Modi reminded that the country needs to be prepared for the increasing demand for ‘Made-in-India vaccines’.
  • He praised the doctors and health care workers for saving the lives of several.
  • This year, the Budget has been allocated for the health sector and has shown the government’s commitment towards this sector.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated both the government and private health sectors of the country in their fight against COVID-19. “Last year, was a test for the country as well as the world. We have been successful in this fight and the credit also goes to private sectors,” he said. He also highlighted the strength shown by India’s health sector during the pandemic. 

PM Modi highlighted that the country should focus on medical equipment to medicines, from ventilators to vaccines, from scientific research to surveillance infrastructure. Presently, the government is working on four main things, prevention of illness and promotion of wellness, healthcare access to all, building health infrastructure, and increase in quality and quantity of healthcare professionals.

Praising the work of the health sector, Modi stated that the demand for Indian doctors and paramedical staff will rise in the mere future. However, he reminded that the country needs to be prepared for the increasing demand for ‘Made-in-India vaccines’. “Today, the world’s trust in India’s health sector is at a new high. We have to be prepared for the increasing demand for the ‘Made in India’ vaccines,” PM Modi said.

Addressing the media, he asserted that it was time to take accessibility, affordability in healthcare to the next level. To achieve this, he added that the use of modern technology needs to be increased. He mentioned the challenges imposed by the pandemic. “I am pleased to say that country’s health sector has successfully overcome this challenge,” he added. He praised the doctors and health care workers for saving the lives of several. 

Commenting on the Budget, he informed that the Budget has been allocated for the health sector and has shown the government’s commitment towards this sector. Terming this year’s Health Budget as extraordinary, the Prime Minister said that last year was ‘trial by fire’ for India because of Covid-19. “Coronavirus has taught us a lesson to fight and be prepared for future challenges,” he added. 

Lastly, Modi highlighted the significance of health and wellbeing for the growth and development of the country. “The Budget allocation for the same was increased to ₹2,23,846 crore in 2021-22 as against this year’s ₹94,452 crores,” he added. 

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