Jitendra Singh calls for ‘Make in India’ healthcare module
Union Minister of State for Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh on Thursday called for establishing a ‘Make in India’ healthcare module based on public-private partnership as well as multi-centric healthcare collaboration to meet the changing health needs of the 21st century.
Addressing ‘India Health Summit’ organised here by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), chief guest Dr. Singh said: “The Indian society is fast evolving and at the same time, in recent years, India too has become a part of shrunken global world and this phenomenon is impacting every sphere of life including the healthcare system.”
“While on the one hand, disorders like diabetes and heart diseases, which were hitherto confined to urban population, are now also on the rise in rural areas; while on the other hand, the access to modern modalities of treatment is confined only to cities and big towns, as a result of which 70% of rural population gets access only to 1/3rd of country’s hospitalisation facilities and over 600 million people in the country are deprived of access to affordable healthcare,” he added.
Describing the emergence of the private sector as an inevitable phenomenon, Dr Singh stressed that for a heterogeneous country like India, public sector healthcare was still very much relevant, and therefore, called for a healthy synergism between public and private sectors healthcare agencies.
He cited the experience from northeast, where he had motivated some of the country’s leading corporate sector hospital groups to set up healthcare outlets of different magnitudes in the form of OPD clinics or diagnostic centres or even full-fledged hospitals depending on the viability of location.
Dr Singh, who is also MoS (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), invited Dr Naresh Trehan and other health corporate leaders to do a recce of the region and come forward with concrete proposals.
He said he would constitute a wide-based committee to facilitate outreach programmes, which both public and private players would find a win-win bargain and would also serve the noble purpose of bringing healthcare to the doorstep of the remotest of remote areas in the region.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Trehan highlighted the shortage of health professionals in the country, adding that the private sector was ready to offer its services and fill in the missing gaps.
He requested Dr Singh to use his good offices to enable a constructive collaboration with the government for achieving India’s health goals.