India is deeply committed nationally and globally to achieving all public health goals. Together we are working towards providing highest possible standards of health care for our citizens. Universal health coverage is key to the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 agenda and to which India is firmly committed.

At the function, Shri J P Naddareleased the Position Paper and launched the Information Sharing Platform Gateway for South-East Asia Regulatory Network (SEARN) developed by Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, which will promote regulatory and health collaboration among the countries of the South-East Asia Region.

The National Health Policy 2017 is dedicated to the highest possible standards of health for the country. The Government has launched Ayushman Bharat, a National Health Protection Scheme, which envisions health assurance of 5 lakh rupees (6815 USD) per family per year, will benefit over 50 crore (i.e. 500 million) people, and is the world’s biggest health assurance scheme. He further added that since its launch on 23rd September, 2018, more than 50,000 people have availed of services under the scheme.

The Union Health Minister stated that access to medical products and creating an enabling legal and trade environment for public health are critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 Agenda.The Union Health Minister further added that India is actively contributing and providing support for the South-East Asia Regulatory Network (SEARN) to guarantee access to high-quality medical products.

What are the proposed 17 goals?

1)End poverty in all its forms everywhere

2)End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture

3)Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages

4)Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

5)Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

6)Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

7)Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

8)Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all

9)Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and foster innovation

10)Reduce inequality within and among countries

11)Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

12)Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

13)Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts (taking note of agreements made by the UNFCCC forum)

14)Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

15)Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification and halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss

16)Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

17)Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development

Highlights

  • Ayushman Bharat aims to provide healthcare facilities to over 10 crore families covering urban and rural poor
  • PMJAY-Ayushman Bharat is the biggest government-sponsored healthcare scheme in the world
  • The scheme offers an insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh, which will cover almost 50 crore citizens

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