PPP, technology only solutions to meet healthcare challenge

Integrate 5 ministries to provide quality healthcare to all says Dr Jagdish Prasad, director general - Health Services, ministry of health and family welfare, Government of India


Dignitaries at CII NextGen Healthcare Conference.

Inviting active industry participation to provide healthcare services in India, Dr Jagdish Prasad, director general - Health Services, ministry of health and family welfare, government of India said, "Industry should adopt one district in each state, upgrading medical facilities in District health centers and primary health centers to provide best possible quality healthcare services to the common man. He was addressing the CII Conclave on "NextGen Healthcare - Roadmap: Healthcare for All", organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry in New Delhi recently.

Calling Public Private Partnerships as the only solution to vast prevailing disparity in healthcare, he appealed to the industry, cooperatives and NGOs for support, specifically in strengthening healthcare delivery systems, drug distribution, use of Information Technology (IT), latest technologies and enhanced pharma supply chain management.

"We are ready to support you with funds, even in converting district hospitals into world class medical hospitals but the industry will have to ensure that proper delivery systems  and a strengthened supply chain are available, so that the facilities and medicines reach the last person in the remotest areas", he further highlighted.

Highlighting the solutions for this challenge, he called for "Integration of  five key ministries i.e the ministry for rural development, women and child welfare, water, urban sanitation, education and health. Presently, we are all working in isolation of each other and do not know what the other ministries are doing. If these five ministries can drive coordinated campaigns and launch joint schemes, then we would be far better equipped to provide quality healthcare to each and every individual of this country."

"This is because some of the challenges lie outside health-care policy. Two-thirds of the health problems can also be solved by providing safe drinking water and sanitation. Even if we concentrate on these basic facilities, we can control many waterborne and airborne infectious diseases", he added.


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