Congratulating the country’s government and private health sectors in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday, “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.”
“Covid-19 has taught us that we need to be prepared for future diseases too. So it is important to strengthen all aspects of the health sector — from medical equipment to medicine, from ventilators to vaccine, from doctors to epidemiologists,” said PM Modi, calling the health sector budget allocation this year “unprecedented”.
The PM said that this is the time to take accessibility and affordability to the next level, as he said that India’s health sector has been an example for the world. “In the coming days, the World’s dependence on India will only go up. India’s medical education, Indian doctors, nurses will soon be in high demand. We need to keep this in mind,” said PM Modi.
The world has taken note of India’s health sector’s power, PM Modi said. “We have to be prepared for this growing demand from the world. In the coming days, students from other countries will be flocking to India to study medicine and we should encourage that,” he said.
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“Government’s budget allocation is a catalytic agent. On the ground, things will change when we all work together. Our approach towards the health sector is different from that of the previous government. Our approach is holistic as it encompasses cleanliness, nutrition, wellness, the prevention of diseases and all other allied sectors. Before, the health sector was fragmented,” added PM Modi.
PM Modi said, drawing a comparison between Covid-19 and tuberculosis, “If the same preventive measures are taken against TB, we will be able to free India from TB by 2025 as TB to spreads from the droplets of an infected person.”
“There might be some sections which did not get the expected allocation, but this is not the last budget. So it is time to get going and put the money to the best use as fast as possible,” said PM Modi.