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Despite its own needs, India assured supply of medicines to 123 partner countries: Harsh Vardhan | India News


NEW DELHI: India secured drug supply to 123 partner countries despite its own needs amid the Covid-19 pandemic, and has also been actively engaged in global efforts to develop “diagnostics, therapies, and vaccines” to address to the infection, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan said on Thursday.
He spoke during a virtual interaction with the health ministers of the NAM (Non-Aligned Movement) countries. Tedros, Director General of the World Health Organization was also present at the meeting.
Reiterating that India will always strive for the ‘health of all’, Vardhan said: “Despite its own needs, during the Covid-19 pandemic, we ensured the supply of medicines to 123 partner countries, including 59 NAM nations. India has also been actively involved in global efforts to develop Covid-19 diagnostics, therapies and vaccines because we know and understand that no one is safe until everyone is safe. ”
He said India has embraced transformative strategies and accelerated many initiatives targeting all the core principles of Universal Health Coverage, such as strengthening health systems, including primary health care, improving access to free medicines and diagnostics, and reducing spending. catastrophic in healthcare.
“India is moving towards universal health care for all, which means that all citizens of India must obtain world-class treatment facilities. Total immunization coverage is increasing at a rapid pace with a greater emphasis on village-based microplans as our goal is to improve coverage to 90 percent in one year, ”the health minister said in a statement. official.
Speaking about India’s ambitious National Health Policy, he noted: “Our flagship health initiative called Ayushman Bharat aims to provide free health guarantee to more than 500 million disadvantaged people, making it the largest health guarantee scheme. of the world.
“And we dream of making this plan much bigger, ensuring it for all Indians! If a developing nation like India can dream of this level of ‘health for all’ policy, I think the rest of the world has to think even beyond this, “he said.
However, he expressed concern about the current pandemic that has demonstrated humanity’s vulnerability to demands and stressed the need to act with greater speed and predictability.
“We need an aggressive roadmap to reduce deaths from diseases that can be eliminated. We need a new roadmap to address drug and vaccine shortages. Our motto should always be to protect the health of those who lack wealth… ”, added the minister.

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