President Ram Nath Kovind has emphasised the importance of quality and affordable healthcare in the country, particularly in Uttar Pradesh.
The President inaugurated the Apollomedics Super Speciality Hospital in the state capital on Sunday.
The President also condoled the death of CRPF jawans in the terror attack in south Kashmir district Pulwama and paid glowing tributes to their martyrdom.
He pointed to the successes in meeting the challenges of traditional infectious and communicable diseases, and also the changing disease patterns in the country that were giving rise to more cases to non-communicable or lifestyle ailments.
In this context, the President said the Ayushman Bharat national health protection scheme launched in 2018, would go a long way in providing medical cover, especially to underprivileged citizens.
He said Uttar Pradesh was making rapid strides in all fields of development and the super speciality hospital would further add to the profile of the largest state of India.
The President said that quality health for everybody was a shared goal and he was happy that the government, civil society, private and charitable institutions and other stakeholders were working together. He expressed confidence that the Apollomedics Super Speciality Hospital would provide state-of-the-art medical care to the people of the state and the region at a reasonable cost.
Referring to Mission Indradhanush, Kovind said intensive vaccination was being done and as many as 87 lakh pregnant women and 3.39 crore children were vaccinated.
He also said for prevention of encephalitis, the ‘Action Plan 2018’ had been launched with the support of WHO and UNICEF.
“As a result, deaths due to Japanese Encephalitis dropped in 2018, as compared to 2017. There has been 68 per cent drop in the deaths. The number of people getting infected to Japanese Encephalitis also dropped by 53 per cent in the same period. This is a good sign. For this effort, doctors and para-medic staff, along with the government, should be praised,” the President said.
“The priority of the government is to bring an improvement in the health of the people and for this, the health and medical infrastructure is being rapidly strengthened across the country,” he added.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the super speciality hospital was a significant achievement for the state capital.
He said the National Democratic Alliance government was committed to providing affordable quality healthcare services to all citizens of India.
Singh said the Modi government had already launched universal health insurance scheme Ayushman Bharat which would provide insurance cover of up to Rs 5 Lakh to 50 crore people of India.
Singh said opening of super speciality hospital in Lucknow would go a long way in establishing India as a major country in the field of medical tourism. He pointed out that the Centre had liberalised visa rules for foreigners visiting India for medical treatment.
Singh said India had risen to prominence in the field of medical tourism and the super speciality hospital would further improve its status in the global map of medical tourism.
The Union Home Minister said the Swacch Bharat Mission had immensely benefited the country in both urban and rural areas and helped in improving sanitation and public health standards.
Governor Ram Naik also welcomed the opening of the new super speciality hospital. He said this hospital, besides serving the people of UP, would also cater to the needs of the neighbouring states.
Others who were present and spoke on the occasion included Dr Prathap C. Reddy, chairman of Apollo Hospitals group.