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Health Ministry with WHO forms solidarity human chain

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A part of World Health Day celebrations reaffirms commitment to bridge gaps work collaboratively towards UHC

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare along with World Health Organisation (WHO) formed a solidarity human chain as part of the World Health Day celebrations to reaffirm their commitment to bridging gaps and working collaboratively towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC). The theme of World Health Day 2019 is Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere.

Speaking at the function, Preeti Sudan, Secretary (Health) stated that this event emphasises our commitment to ensure all people and communities have access to quality healthcare services, where and when they are required, without suffering financial hardship. At the event, Sudan also administered the solidarity pledge to work towards making universal healthcare available to everyone, everywhere.

Manoj Jhalani (AS and MD), Dr S. Venkatesh, DGHS, Dr Henk Bekedam, WHO Representative India along with other senior officers of the Ministry and representatives from WHO were also present at the function.

Sudan further stated that Ayushman Bharat has two components – Health and Wellness Centres (HWCs) for primary healthcare and Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) for secondary and tertiary care. These components are linked to address major challenges of ensuring continuum of care, two-way referral system and gatekeeping. The government is committed to strengthening 1,50,000 health facilities as Health and Wellness Centres which will deliver comprehensive primary healthcare closer to where people live in the rural and urban areas. “As of today, more than 17,000 HWCs are operational across the country and are providing services for non-communicable diseases in addition to existing services for reproductive and child health, communicable diseases etc.

Speaking at the event, World Health Organisation Representative to India Dr Henk Bekedam said, “A well-equipped primary health care delivery system is the key to achieving universal health coverage. This will require bringing quality care closer to people; strengthening peripheral health centres with linkages to secondary and tertiary care; and equipping primary health care providers to effectively deliver a package of preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative services. Let’s join hands to work on this.”

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