Harsh Vardhan to address G20’s first health, finance ministers joint meet in Japan

New Delhi: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan will on June 28 address the first joint session of the health and finance ministers of the G20 nations at Osaka, according to an official statement.

Vardhan, who left for Japan on Thursday, during the meeting will reiterate and endorse the importance of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) financing in developing countries, stressing on the significance for generating domestic resources, while using external aid strategically towards achieving UHC.

“He will also talk about recognizing that achieving UHC will promote sustainable development,” said the statement.

Japan is hosting the first ever joint session of Health and Finance Ministers in the G20 Summit on 28th June 2019.

Vardhan will highlight the complementary relationship between Finance and Health Ministries which is critical for strengthening the health-finance governance and for mobilising sustainable resources for health.

In view of the major initiative to fulfill the vision of UHC, Dr. Harsh Vardhan will also highlight the Ayushman Bharat programme which provides for holistic and integrated health care and is the principal vehicle for achieving UHC, the statement said.

Japan is a steadfast champion of UHC, and a leader in financing the fight against malaria and other communicable diseases.


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