“We must continuously strive to strengthen our healthcare systems to ensure their resilience in the face of a pandemic and harness their ability to provide affordability and accessibility of healthcare services in the innermost areas of the nation.” This was stated by the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya as he laid the foundation stone and inaugurated various health infrastructure projects under Pradhan Mantri- Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission (PM-ABHIM), National Health Mission (NHM) and XV Finance Commission Health Grants today in the presence of Keshab Mahanta, Health Minister, Assam, in Guwahati, Assam and delivered a keynote address on Transformation of Healthcare in Amrit Kaal while chairing the Amrit Kaal Vimarsh Viksit Bharat @2047, Development Dialogue today. Rameshwar Teli, Minister of State, Petroleum and Natural Gas and Labour and Employment joined the event through virtual mode.
Reiterating the vison of the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, the Union Health Minister stated “a healthy society builds a healthy nation which lays the foundation for a prosperous country. India is striving towards developing a substantial ecosystem that imbibes excellence and harnesses the potential of its manpower to build healthcare systems with fortitude to tackle any health emergency that comes up. He further added that such relentless pursuit led to the inception of PM-ABHIM.
Addressing the gathering, Dr. Mandaviya lauded the healthcare development initiatives in Assam and stated “We need to make healthcare affordable and accessible through holistic development of robust healthcare infrastructure while prioritizing research and development and initiatives such as Heal in India, Heal by India”. Underscoring the need to synergize and work in unison, the Union Minister stated that “healthcare infrastructure should consolidate integration at block, district, regional levels to monitor surveillance of any new variant or disease entering our nation”.
Dr. Mandaviya commemorated the initiatives undertaken in Assam applauding the growth of medical, dental and nursing colleges he stated “this ceremony will mark a crucial milestone in the ongoing efforts of the government towards strengthening our healthcare infrastructure and ensuring that quality healthcare reaches every citizen of our nation, even in the most critical times.” The list of projects are provided below:
Foundation Stone laying for
- 50 Bedded Critical Care Block at Lakhimpur Medical College under PM-ABHIM
- Block Primary Health Unit at Baithalangso BPHC under PM-ABHIM
- Block Primary Health Unit at Harinagar BPHC under PM-ABHIM
- Block Primary Health Unit at North Guwahati PHC under PM-ABHIM
- Block Primary Health Unit at Saphekhati BPHC under PM-ABHIM
- Block Primary Health Unit at Suakuchi BPHC under PM-ABHIM
- Integrated Public Health Laboratory at Jakhalabandha SDHC under PM-ABHIM
- Sasoni Community Health Centre under XV-FC Health Grants
Inauguation of Projects:
- Upgradation of Bhetagaon CHC to Bijni SDCH
- Community Health Centre and Residential Quarters at Chenga, Barpeta District
- Upgradation of 100 Bedded RNB Gossaiagaon SDCH
- Community Health Centre and Residential Quarters at Nityanandpur, Hailakandi District
- Community Health Centre and Residential Quarters at Haluwating, Sivasagar District
- Community Health Centre and Residential Quarters at Nasatra, Barpeta District
- Upgradation of Tamulpur BPHC to SDCH
- Strengthening of Titabor SDCH
Emphasizing the uniqueness of India’s healthcare system, Dr. Mandaviya stated that “India has its own model of health that is congruent to its needs, strengths and abilities.” He further added that differing from other nations, India has a four tier healthcare systems that functions from grassroots to primary to secondary to tertiary wherein institutes such as 1,66,000 Health and Wellness Centres spread across rural and urban areas. They host a breadth of healthcare services themselves and also serve to connect the underserved with secondary and tertiary level consultations at their respective locations saving patient’s time and money and providing services and care with ease at affordable rates.
While delivering his keynote address at the Amrit Kaal Vimarsh Viksit Bharat @2047, the Union Health Minister highlighted the government’s commitment and resolve to empower the youth and urged them to leverage existing grants and schemes to innovate and add their contribution in building a healthier nation. He further added that India’s vision of healthcare services extends to opportunities across the world wherein the skilled health workforce of the nation can easily pursue global opportunities citing the example of medical colleges in Assam teaching Japanese language to facilitate placement of Indian medical workforce abroad.
Dr. Mandaviya also engaged in a vibrant Q&A session with the audience towards the end of the session.
.L.S Changsen, AS & MD, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, Avinash Joshi, State Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of Assam, government officials from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. M.S. Lakshmi Priya, Mission Director, NHM Assam, Representatives from AIIMS, IIT Guwahati were present at the event. Several Member of Legislative Assembly and Members of Parliament joined the event through virtual mode.