India prepared to deal with any threat in healthcare sector: Mansukh Mandaviya


Proactive planning, Public Private Partnership (PPP) model in healthcare, ratio of healthcare infrastructure to GDP – these were some of the points raised by Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Friday when he claimed that the “new India under the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership is a viable nation and well-equipped to face any healthcare crisis.

“A healthy India will be a prosperous India,” Mandaviya said at the Public Affairs Forum of India (PAFI) 9th Annual Forum 2022.

He also spoke about the need to adopt a more holistic approach to health across the spectrum and to depoliticize discussions about health policy and infrastructure.

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He also commended the prime minister’s proactive planning, adding that healthcare infrastructure across the country is being maintained via the PPP model, with a microcosm of public hospitals mushrooming alongside private medical schools.

In order to improve the tertiary sector of health services, 22 AIIMS are planned nationwide, the minister said.

The minister also claimed that the government planned for the Covid-19 pandemic and is prepared for it, having started investigating the virus long before it came to India.

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He also spoke about the declining ratio of healthcare infrastructure to GDP. “Each country has its own model specific to its population. Health care spending is lower in India compared to other nations. However, the government is very concerned about the health of its people and has allocated a budget of 100 crore for each district to implement the Ayushman Bharat program in the next five years,” he said.

On the PPP models in healthcare, Mandaviya mentioned a holistic approach to planning and building healthcare models for the country.

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He even mentioned two models that India is following in healthcare – one is launching the Nishchay Mitra program to eradicate TB in India by 2025 and asking people to adopt nine lakh TB patients and second is the PPP model of the Ayushman Bharat program that has done this has been expanded to more than 24,000 private hospitals, enabling trade in private hospitals and ensuring health care for all.

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