The government is committed to provide better healthcare to every citizen, the Prime Minister said

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the country’s local bodies will get more than Rs 70,000 crore keeping in mind health services.

“The government's emphasis is not only on investment in health care but also to expand the access to health care in far flung areas of the country. He stressed that it should be ensured that these investments not only improve health but also increase employment opportunities,” the Prime Minister said while addressing a webinar on effective implementation of budget provisions in the health sector.

Addressing the webinar through video conference, he said the budget allocated to the health sector in this year's budget is unprecedented and shows the Government’s commitment to provide better healthcare to every citizen.

“Corona taught us a lesson that we not only have to fight the epidemic today but also to prepare the country for any such situation in future. Therefore, it is equally necessary to strengthen every field related to healthcare,” the Prime Minister said, adding the country has to focus on everything from medical equipment to medicines, ventilators to vaccines, scientific research to surveillance infrastructure, doctors to epidemiologists so that the country is better prepared for any health disaster in future.

He said the prestige and trust towards the country’s health sector has increased manifold all over the world and that now the country has to work towards the future while keeping this in mind.

He said the demand for Indian doctors, Indian nurses, Indian para medical staff, Indian medicines and Indian vaccines will increase across the world.

He said the world’s attention would definitely shift towards India’s medical education system and there would be a huge influx of foreign students to study medicine in India.

The Prime Minister also said, “We have to work faster after the great feat we achieved in manufacturing ventilators and equipment during the pandemic as there is an increased international demand for these.”

He asked the participants, if India can dream of providing all the necessary medical equipment to the World in a cost effective manner? Can we focus on how to make India a global supplier in an affordable and sustainable manner with user friendly technology?