The world’s trust in India’s health sector has reached a new high during the COVID-19 pandemic, PM Narendra Modi said, adding that the demand for Indian doctors and paramedical staff will witness a surge. Stating that 2020 was “trial by fire” for India, PM Modi said he is “pleased to say that country’s health sector has successfully overcome this challenge. We succeeded in saving scores of lives.”
Coronavirus has taught us a lesson to fight and be prepared for future challenges, PM Modi said, adding “that is why it is essential to strengthening our health sector.”
“We have to focus on everything. Form medical equipment to medicines, from ventilators to vaccines, from scientific research to surveillance infrastructure,” he added.
“Today, the world’s trust in India’s health sector is at a new high. We have to be prepared for the increasing demand for the ‘Made in India’ vaccines,” PM Modi said.
He further said that to keep India healthy, the government is working on four main things-prevention of illness and promotion of wellness, healthcare access to all, building health infrastructure and increase in quality and quantity of healthcare professionals, to work in a focused manner.
Underscoring the significant importance of health and wellbeing for the growth and development of the country, the Budget allocation for the same was increased to Rs 2,23,846 crore in 2021-22 as against this year’s Rs 94,452 crore, according to an official release. This manifests into an increase of 137 per cent, it added.