Covid-19 pandemic: Holistic Approach to health is the need of the hour, says Dr. Harsh Vardhan

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As the nation combats Covid-19 pandemic and struggling hard to get over the disease and crippling medical facilities, Union Minister for health, Dr Harsh Vardhan stressed on importance of preventive than curative health system.

This comes especially with India reporting 3,14,835 new novel coronavirus cases so far, which is the highest daily increase in infections, which no other country has recorded so far since the pandemic took place.

At the online full-day Health Summit “Reimagine Healthcare” organized by

IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry on April 20, Vardhan and Maharashtra Health and Family Welfare Minister, Rajesh Tope stressed upon the need to strengthen the healthcare system.

During the summit, besides talking about government of India’s several programmes, the ministers focussed on world’s largest health insurance program, Ayushyaman Bharat and others, which are aimed towards holistic approach to health.

“Mental health, physical fitness, right nutrition, sanitation, personal hygiene and respiratory etiquettes are crucial aspects of well-being of an individual. Building mass movement around them and sensitising the general public about the benefits of focusing on these aspects will go a long way in improving the health and wellbeing of society at large,” said Dr Harsh Vardhan.

Maharashtra health minister, Tope mentioned about the state government’s efforts towards strengthening primary health centres by providing more doctors, medicines and equipment and making tertiary health accessible in each district by setting up medical colleges.

“We have tools that could help us to harness the power of technology and data.

To collect, process and analyze data faster than ever before. India is poised to be the one-stop solution for health,” said Rajiv Podar, President of IMC.

He further said India’s strengths as a digital powerhouse could be harnessed by the health system to accelerate the progress towards high quality, affordable, comprehensive, accountable, accessible and inclusive healthcare for all.

Besides, during the summit, a White Paper on improving affordable, Accessible and quality healthcare for rural India was also released during the summit.

Meanwhile, to curb the increasing number of covid-19 cases, the Maharashtra government, has imposed fresh restrictions on marriage, party ceremonies, office attendance and travel.

The new set of restrictions will come into effect from 8 pm on Thursday and will remain in force until 7 am on May 1.

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