Massive employment to be generated due to measures taken for self-reliance in health sector: Vardhan  01/14/2021 13:25:03 

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday said there will be massive employment generation as an impact of measures undertaken by the government for self-reliance in the health sector.

Addressing a session on India as a Health Hub organised by Swarajya Magazine in association with Vedanta Limited, Mr. Vardhan said the Atma Nirbhar Bharat package for the health sector, worth 60,000 crore, will strengthen delivery of healthcare services across the full continuum of care.

It will include setting up of national, regional, district and block level laboratories integrated into a network for surveillance functions backed by robust IT based reporting mechanisms leading to self-reliance for detection, prevention and containment of disease outbreak, he said.

I am happy to state that there will be massive employment generation as an impact of the measures that we have undertaken as part of the self-reliance in the health sector, he said.

Mr. Vardhan said the package will also help build up a frontline health workforce to respond to any public health emergencies in the future.

The development of critical care hospital blocks in more than 600 districts shall make such districts self-sufficient in providing comprehensive treatment for infectious diseases without disruption to other services, he said.

Elaborating on how India can progress with self-reliance, the Union minister said, India can progress only if each citizen progresses and for each citizen to progress we need to be self-reliant.

Self-reliant India does not mean boycotting foreign goods but believing in the concept of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam. It means ending Indias dependence on other countries and moving towards development and progress, he said.

Speaking on the self-reliance initiatives taken during the COVID-19 pandemic, he said, India utilized the time during lockdown to upgrade the health infrastructure, build capacity of healthcare workers and ensure availability of requisite logistics in the country.

We are today self-sufficient in the indigenous manufacturing of PPE kits, masks etc and also in a position to export the same. On leveraging technology in the fight against the pandemic, Mr. Vardhan said the Aarogya Setu application was developed for the purpose of helping in COVID management and the application has been downloaded by 168 million users.

In order to aid the surveillance and containment activities, an IT tool called ITIHAS was also developed. eSanjeevani, a web-based comprehensive telemedicine solution is being utilized across India to extend the reach of specialized healthcare services to masses in both rural areas and isolated communities, he said.

The minister said the e-ICUs also provided round the clock guidance in managing ICU patients in peripheral settings.

Noting the efforts undertaken to rapidly increase the infrastructure in the country during the pandemic, he said the total isolation beds increased to more than 1.5 million by the end of Unlock 6 as compared to 10,180 before the lockdown.

Similarly, the number of ICU beds has increased to around 80,669 as compared to just 2,168 before lockdown, he said We are launching programmes which are unprecedented in terms of their scale and reach also. These strife are ambitious and also evidence of our sincere commitment towards a healthy and more productive India, he said.

Dear reader,

We have been keeping you up-to-date with information on the developments in India and the world that have a bearing on our health and wellbeing, our lives and livelihoods, during these difficult times. To enable wide dissemination of news that is in public interest, we have increased the number of articles that can be read free, and extended free trial periods. However, we have a request for those who can afford to subscribe: please do. As we fight disinformation and misinformation, and keep apace with the happenings, we need to commit greater resources to news gathering operations. We promise to deliver quality journalism that stays away from vested interest and political propaganda.

Support Quality Journalism

Dear subscriber,

Thank you!

Your support for our journalism is invaluable. Its a support for truth and fairness in journalism. It has helped us keep apace with events and happenings.

The Hindu has always stood for journalism that is in the public interest. At this difficult time, it becomes even more important that we have access to information that has a bearing on our health and well-being, our lives, and livelihoods. As a subscriber, you are not only a beneficiary of our work but also its enabler.

We also reiterate here the promise that our team of reporters, copy editors, fact-checkers, designers, and photographers will deliver quality journalism that stays away from vested interest and political propaganda.

Suresh Nambath

« Go back