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G20 health meet in Goa: Need to collectively break cycle of panic, says Mandaviya

2023-11-30 19:51:06source:rna

UNION HEALTH Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday said it was crucial to collectively break the “cycle of panic” and not let the pandemic fatigue diminish the ongoing efforts to tackle the Covid-19 situation.

G20 health meet in Goa: Need to collectively break cycle of panic, says Mandaviya

“It is essential for us to collectively break the cycle of panic and neglect and not let the phenomenon of pandemic fatigue diminish our ongoing efforts on pandemic preparedness, prevention and response. As G20 health working group, we are heading in the right direction toward jointly creating a positive impact for future global health architecture,” said Mandaviya in a keynote address at the concluding session of the 2nd G20 health working group meeting in Goa.

G20 health meet in Goa: Need to collectively break cycle of panic, says Mandaviya

Mandaviya told The Indian Express, “The (Covid) cases are rising. A sub-variant has been detected. The cases are likely to rise for over two months or so and then start declining.”

G20 health meet in Goa: Need to collectively break cycle of panic, says Mandaviya

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The minister visited a Janaushadhi Kendra in Panjim, Goa, on Tuesday morning, where he told the media that India has never linked the health sector with commerce. He also reiterated the government’s commitment to make India tuberculosis-free by 2025.

“For India, commerce comes later, health comes first… health sector sewa (service) ka sector hai (health sector is service sector),” he said.

“Delegates from invited countries and several international organisations visited the Janaushadhi Kendra here today (Tuesday). I am happy to state that more than 9,500 such centres are currently operating in India and medicines are being made available at cheaper rates. The delegates enquired about this scheme [Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana] and hailed it as very useful for the poor and middle-class population,” he said.


“They expressed a desire to implement this scheme in their countries and sought India’s assistance in this regard. We have told the countries that if they intend to implement it, the Indian government will extend all possible assistance, he said.

Mandaviya said the government is working towards a model of assisting the countries from middle-income and low-middle-income countries which have shown interest in the scheme.

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Later, the minister visited a health and wellness centre in Corlim, Goa, where he said India has set a target of making the country tuberculosis-free by 2025.


“The global agenda is to be TB-free by 2030. We are working to eradicate TB by 2025. The world is following a three-layer health system — primary, secondary and tertiary. I want to tell the delegates that India has followed a four-layer health system — primary, secondary, tertiary and ASHA. During the Covid crisis, ASHA workers were very helpful in India since they were connected to the families on the ground and provided information to primary and community health centres,” he added.

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Mandaviya praised amenities in the health sector in Goa, stating that people, especially from poor households, were able to access primary healthcare facilities. “They have health and wellness centres, Janaushadhi Kendras, medical college. At health and wellness centres, people are able to get primary treatment. Teleconsultation services are also working well in the state,” he added.