Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare Mr. J P Nadda today stressed on greater government, industry, academic linkages for finding solutions to healthcare challenges. “While government is taking a number of steps in the direction of addressing these challenges, there is a strong need to address these challenges by way of collaboration with Industry and academic partners” he said, while inaugurating the H3C Health Conference in Mumbai, organized under the auspices of the Ohio State University, United States.
The Minister said, though health is a state subject, Government of India is closely involved by way of providing financial and technical support to states, besides policy inputs. He said shortage of human resources – doctors, nurses and para-medicals is a major constraint in expanding holistic healthcare system, especially in rural areas. The minister stressed on finding innovative and cost-effective solutions to various healthcare challenges in India. He also highlighted the need for innovations in medical devices, particularly the low end devices, which serve the basic needs of health care in our country.
The Minister said, the new government at the centre is committed to providing affordable healthcare to all. “The Prime Minister believes in outcomes, and therefore our government is driven by three principles of skill, scale and speed”, he said. The Minister observed that skilling was a dynamic process and required continuous interactions to move forward. Mr. Nadda termed the recent collaboration of Ohio State University and AIIMS in the field of regenerative medicine as a step in the right direction.
The Health Minister recalled India’s historic association with the Ohio State University, which had in the past played a key role in ushering in green revolution, which helped India become self-sufficient in food production. Mr. Nadda said, there is a need to scale up India’s linkage with the second largest public university in the United States, by doubling the Indian student enrolment to 1500, from the current level of 700.