Nadda inaugurates 4th Global Digital Health Partnership in Delhi

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JP Nadda adressing PMJAY meeting at WHO
JP Nadda adressing PMJAY meeting at WHO

Nadda talks about the commitment of the government of India to ensure healthcare reaches the last man in the line, says that’s what led to Ayushman Bharat

Health minister J P Nadda on Monday inaugurated the ‘4th Global Digital Health Partnership Summit’ here today, in the presence of law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and health Ministers from several countries. The global intergovernmental meeting on digital health is being hosted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in collaboration with World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Digital Health Partnership (GDHP). 

Nadda said that the entire healthcare system in India and the world is undergoing a rapid transformation. “The way we know of healthcare being delivered and accessed is poised to change for better. The digital health interventions are accelerating this transformation. It has a huge potential for supporting Universal Health Coverage (UHC) for which Government of India is committed,” he added.

The Ministerial Conclave discussed the implication of digital health interventions to health services accessibility, quality and affordability and explores ways of leveraging digital health technologies to strengthen the healthcare delivery systems globally

Prasad, who is also minister for electronics and information technology spoke about the use of technology innovations in transforming healthcare. He highlighted the various initiatives of the Government towards digital healthcare. He said that India is committed to reaching the last man in the line through digital health interventions and digital inclusion. “Digital governance is good governance and bridging a digital divide must be achieved through technology that is low cost,’ he added.

Upendra Yadav, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health, Nepal, Dr Tawfiq Al Rabiah, Minister of Health, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Video Address) Zahid Maleque, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Bangladesh, Lena Hallengren, Minister of Health, Sweden, Dr Arlindo Nascimento do Rosário, Minister of Health, Cape Verde, Dr Ulana Suprun, Minister of Health, Ukraine, Faizal Cassim, Deputy Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous are among the guests at the event. Government officials from over 35 countries were also present at the inaugural session.

Nadda said that India under the leadership of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi is committed to securing Universal Health Coverage for the underprivileged and deprived sections of our society. Launch of a comprehensive healthcare scheme Ayushman Bharat, with the twin pillars of Health & Wellness Centres (HWCs) at primary and secondary levels of healthcare and PM-Jan Aarogya Yojana (PMJAY) at the tertiary level shows that commitment. “I am happy to share that after the roll-out of ‘Modicare’, in merely 155 days, nearly 1.3 million people have availed the benefits of more than Rs.16 Billion under this scheme,” Nadda said.

The Ministerial Conclave discussed the implication of digital health interventions to health services accessibility, quality and affordability and explores ways of leveraging digital health technologies to strengthen the healthcare delivery systems globally.

The Global Digital Health Partnership (GDHP) is an international collaboration of governments, government agencies and multinational organisations dedicated to improving the health and well-being of their citizens through the best use of evidence-based digital technologies. Governments are making significant investments to harness the power of technology and foster innovation and public-private partnerships that support high quality, sustainable health and care for all. The GDHP facilitates global collaboration and co-operation in the implementation of digital health services.