In the 7th annual edition of summit of NATHEALTH, Union Health Minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan, addressed in virtually on 26th March 2021. NATHEALTH summit focused on ‘Indian Health system expansion in post-COVID era’.

While addressing the summit Union Minister reiterated the commitments of government for fulfilling goal of Health for all. Minister noted that, “Health for All” is a top priority for current Government and to institutionalize the approach towards this goal, government of India has launched the “National Health Policy” in the year 2017. The primary vision of policy-framework is to attain highest possible level of health and well-being for all irrespective of all age groups. To attain this vision, the policy emphasizes on preventive & promotive aspects of health and providing universal access to good quality healthcare services. Government of India also launched Ayushman Bharat program with the objective of providing Universal Free Access to primary health care, promoting health and wellbeing.

Union Budget 2021-22

It also identifies Health as one of the 6 main pillars to drive growth. So, it has adopted a holistic approach towards health and wellbeing with a financial allocation of Rupees 2,23,846 crore in 2021-22. It accounts for an increase by 137 per cent over 2020-2021. To achieve the objectives of policy, government is working towards increasing health expenditure by 2.5 per cent of GDP 2025. Government is also encouraging State Governments to increase State sector health spending to 8 per cent of State’s GDP.

PM Atma Nirbhar Swasthya Yojana

PM Atma Nirbhar Swasthya Yojana was launched with the aim of strengthening health systems to meet challenges of covid-19 pandemic and future pandemics. It also seeks to strengthen the expanding & building robust IT enabled surveillance systems in order to track and contain spread of diseases. Several components of the scheme include training & mentoring, Critical Care Blocks for advanced treatment, establishing new Regional Centres for Disease Control and strengthening the network of public health labs. These components cater to the needs for emergency response.

7th Annual Summit of NATHEALTH