National Health Policy aimed at reaching healthcare in an assured manner to all: JP Nadda

The policy aims at ensuring availability of two beds per 1,000 population

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Union Health and Family Welfare Minister J P Nadda said the National Health Policy aimed at reaching healthcare in an assured manner to all, particularly the undeserved and underprivileged. Presenting the National Health Policy in the Lok Sabha, Nadda said the policy proposes raising public health expenditure to 2.5 percent of the GDP in a time bound manner.

Readers can recall that the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the National Health Policy on March 15, 2017.

JP Nadda informed the House that the policy aims at ensuring availability of two beds per 1,000 population distributed in a manner to enable access within golden hour, the first hour after a traumatic injury, when emergency treatment is most likely to be successful.

Highlighting some of the key targets of the policy, Nadda said it seeks to increase life expectancy at birth from 67.5 to 70 by 2025 and reduce infant mortality rate to 28 by 2019.

The Minister said the policy informs and prioritizes the role of the government in shaping health systems in all its dimensions -investment in health, organisation and financing of healthcare services and prevention of diseases.

Nadda said the policy denotes important change from very selective to comprehensive primary health care packages.

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