Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the meeting of health ministers of G-20 countries through video conference on Friday in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. PM Modi said during his address that health is the basis of life. The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us that health must be at the center of our decisions. It has taught us the value of cooperation. Prime Minister Modi urged the G-20 countries to facilitate equal access to technology and also appealed to them to open up innovation for the good of the people.
PM Modi said that we must be prepared to prevent, prepare and respond to the next health emergency. This is especially important in today’s interconnected world. In India we are following an inclusive and holistic approach, we are expanding health infrastructure, promoting traditional systems of medicine and providing affordable health care to all. The global celebration of International Day of Yoga is a testament to the universal desire for holistic health.
PM Modi said, digital solutions and innovation are useful means of making our efforts equitable and inclusive. The Prime Minister said, the Global Initiative for Global Health will bring together various digital health initiatives on a common platform. Let’s open up our innovations for the public good. Let us avoid duplication of funding. Let us facilitate equal access to technology, he said. This initiative will help countries in the Global South to reduce the gap in healthcare delivery. This will take us one step closer to our goal of achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
He told the G20 members that India will eliminate Tuberculosis (TB) well before the global deadline with the help of people’s partnership. PM Modi said, we have called upon the people of the country to become Ni-Kshaya Mitras or Mitras for TB eradication. Under this, about 10 lakh patients have been adopted by the citizens. We are now on track to achieve TB elimination, well ahead of the 2030 global target.
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