Pratik Mathur, Counsellor at United Nations General Assembly said that India has now taken a great approach regarding health. It is based on four main pillars of healthcare. Mathur said about India’s statement on Global Health and Foreign Policy at the UNGA that healthy life is every person’s basic right. For this, our governments and it’s people are trying to make every possible effort to ensure full protection and enjoyment of this right for everyone.
He also said that all the countries need to come up with long-term strategies and roadmaps to deal with future pandemics or any upcoming problems, adding to that he also said that equal access to affordable medicines, diagnostic tools and technologies will also remain a matter of concern.
During the this session, Mathur thanked Indonesia for putting forward the resolution on the behalf of the seven – member countries this year on strengthening health system resilience to affordable healthcare for all. It also welcomed the resolutions on the International Day of Epidemic Preparedness and UN Decade of Healthy Ageing from the year 2021-30 tabled under the global agenda.
On speaking for the preventive healthcare, Mathur said India has always put special emphasis on yoga, Ayurveda and fitness since many years. India aimed at controlling lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, blood pressure, hypertension and depression.
The Counsellor said in brief about the National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) which was launched in September 2018. It played an essential role in promoting an affordable healthcare in the country.
This scheme is based on a 12-pillar approach. It is expanding access to primary healthcare services through various health and wellness centres. It is also providing insurance coverage for secondary and tertiary hospitalisations for the poor and vulnerable families.
He informed that around 24,608 hospitals have been included under the name of this program, and 126 million health cards have been issued to people, adding that the scheme provides health insurance up to USD 7,000 per family for per year for the secondary and tertiary hospitalisations.
On mission intervention, he said that they have started the National Nutrition Policy to improve the nutritional status of the people, specially disadvantaged groups, including mothers, adolescent girls, and children.
He also said that In Sustainable Development Goals, the year 2030 has been set as the target for ending tuberculosis. They plan to achieve this target by the year 2025, five years before the deadline. To reach its goal, India has started implementing the National Strategic Plan and has also increased fund allocation for the TB control.
Mathur further said that the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the systemic weaknesses in health systems and also vulnerabilities incapacity to prevent and respond to its threats.
Mathur said that they need to address the major weaknesses and gaps to strengthen the global coordination and to ensure that the world is better prepared to curb impacts of the future health-related crisis.
He also talked about the need to capitalise on existing programs such as Access to Covid-19 Tools Accelerator (ACTA), and COVAX facility to ensure affordable and equitable global access to diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines, also strengthening health systems at the same time.
Mathur said that they are committed to partner with member states and other stakeholders to synergise their efforts and to help accelerate progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals and universal health coverage with the most productive, efficient and effective utilisation of all the available resources.