Covid pandemic highlighted many gaps in global health architecture: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the Covid-19 pandemic highlighted many gaps in the global health architecture and asserted that building resilience in global systems needs a collective effort

Press Trust of India New Delhi
PM Modi in Gujarat

Listen to This Article

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted many gaps in the global health architecture and asserted that building resilience in global systems needs a collective effort.

In his video message at the 76th session of the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, Modi said the pandemic also highlighted a need to boost global health equity while India showed its commitment to international cooperation by shipping almost 300 million vaccine doses to more than 100 countries.

"Many of these countries were from the Global South. I am sure that supporting equal access to resources will be a top priority for the WHO in the coming years," he said.

In the last few years, Modi said, India has worked on availability, accessibility and affordability of healthcare.

He said, "An approach that works with the scale of India's diversity, can also be a framework for others. We are keen on supporting the WHO for similar efforts in low- and middle-income countries."

Be it the world's biggest health insurance scheme - Ayushman Bharat, or the massive ramping up of health infrastructure, or the drive to provide sanitation and drinking water to millions of families, many of India's efforts are aimed at boosting health at the last mile, the prime minister said.

India's traditional wisdom says that the absence of illness is not the same as good health, he said, adding that traditional systems such as yoga, ayurveda and meditation address physical, mental and social aspects of health.

Also Read

Centre tells states to conduct Covid mock drills in hospitals as cases rise

3 out of 4 Indians say they didn't take a Covid-19 test despite symptoms

Covid global health emergency hopefully ends next year, says WHO chief

'India believes in democratized access to all digital health solutions'

AIIMS Delhi mandates face masks to staffers amid surge in Covid cases

Ensure prompt redressal of people's complaints: Adityanath to officials

G20 buzz raises hopes for industry in Kashmir; security tightened

Significant percentage of Indians fall victim to online travel scams: Rpt

CBI quizzes Sameer Wankhede for over 5 hours on 2nd day in bribery case

Fire breaks out in projector room of cinema hall in Delhi's Moti Nagar

He said, "I am glad that WHO's first Global Centre for Traditional Medicine is being established in India. I am also happy that the world is recognising the importance of millets through the International Year of Millets."

Modi noted that India's ancient scriptures teach to see the world as one family.

"During our G20 Presidency this year, we are working with the theme of 'One Earth, One Family, One Future'. Our vision for good health is 'One Earth One Health'. We can be healthy only when our whole ecosystem is healthy. So, our vision is not restricted to just humans. It extends to the entire ecosystem, including animals, plants and the environment," he said.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: May 21 2023 | 9:23 PM IST

Explore News