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Health Minister addresses CII Healthcare summit

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Launches the CII TB free workplace campaign, a three year-long campaign to ensure to TB free workplaces and the CII Vision Document on ‘Strengthening Public Health Delivery – Role of Multiple Stakeholders’
Dr Harsh Vardhan, Hon’ble Minister of Health & Family Welfare; Science & Technology and Earth Sciences addressing the inaugural session of the CII Public Health Conference, said that this is the most opportune moment we find ourselves in and all the schemes of the government are indirectly contributing to and ensuring we have optimum conditions to provide the ideal environment to eliminate TB.
Dr Vinod Paul, Member, NITI Aayog expressed three areas that need to be addressed in the medium term and long term. Firstly, the path-breaking Ayushman Bharat has served the people of India effectively, however, there are several supply side concerns that need to be addressed.
Secondly, Dr Paul stressed the need to augment our healthcare infrastructure and try to reach 2 beds per 1000 people by 2025. And thirdly, he commented that the private healthcare sector needs to play a more pivotal role in training specialists, doctors and high-quality nurses to ensure we achieve a robust and cohesive healthcare infrastructure.
Pointing out how COVID-19 has exposed gaps in our system and showcased our under investment in our overall public health infrastructure, Dr Randeep Guleria, Chairman CII Public Health Council and Director All India Institute of Medical Sciences reiterated that we need to develop a cohesive strategy to address the issues we are facing. He also said that the quality of our rural infrastructure is poor, and our priority need to be focused on the improvement of rural healthcare infrastructure through government facilities and nursing homes, along with improved manpower, while developing our district level capabilities.
Chandrajit Banerjee, Directory General, Confederation of Indian Industry emphasised that CII’s public health agenda will be the highest on the list, and we will work together and meet the huge challenge in front of us. It is not appropriate to expect everything to be done by the government, we expect participation and collaboration from other stakeholders, and this is where CII can come in and contribute to the development of the sector.
The inaugural session of the CII India Healthcare Week launched the CII TB free workplaces campaign, a three year-long campaign to ensure to TB free workplace. This includes a teaching app, a web portal to engage the industry and a best practices compendium which is live.
Also released was the CII Vision Document on ‘ Strengthening Public Health Delivery – Role of Multiple Stakeholders’.

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