New Delhi: “Even the most impoverished citizen now has access to healthcare,” Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya said during the launch of the Rural Health Training Centre (RHTC) Hospital in Najafgarh, Delhi, on Wednesday (October 25). According to the official statement, this is the fourth hospital of the central government in the national capital under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Health for All’ policy, in line with this vision of ‘One Earth One Health’.

Addressing the event, Dr Mandaviya said that the government is working relentlessly towards strengthening the healthcare system, ensuring that healthcare reaches out to the last mile. He further said,

Our government started working with a holistic approach and for the first time, our Prime Minister made the connection between health and development in the real sense. This was done in order for India to become a developed nation by the time we commemorate its 100th anniversary of Independence. Today even the most impoverished citizen has access to healthcare and no poor person should suffer due to lack of affordable health care.

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Dr Mandaviya said that India has a long history in medical sciences that will help achieve the goal of ‘Health For All’. Highlighting that provisioning of healthcare facilities is the root and base of any sustainable development, the Union minister said,

We have always been kept on the right path to relive our culture and belief in ‘Aarogyam Paramam Bhogyam Swasthya Sarvatha Sadhanam’ in our deeply ingrained Sewa Dharma. Freedom from diseases is the ultimate destiny and good health the basis for achieving every other wealth.

Talking about the Rural Health Training Centre (RHTC), Dr Mandaviya said it will address a long-standing healthcare access issue for the local population and especially, the vulnerable and marginalised sections of society.

The centre has been built at a cost of Rs 100 crore, and will serve the population of 13.65 lakh residing in 73 villages surrounding the hospital, according to the official statement. Dr Mandaviya listed down the provisions available at the centre,

Provisioning of services of medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, ICU, NICU, PICU, ENT, ophthalmology, blood bank, etc., including multiple diagnostic and radiological facilities will ensure that our brothers and sisters of Najafgarh will not suffer due to lack of doorstep services and it will greatly ease the lives of our people through provisioning of world class amenities.

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The Union minister also said that the provisioning of Ayush services in the hospital follows the principle of holistic integrated healthcare service in India.

We have made sure availability of a large pool of skilled medical professionals in the country. Our government has ensured enhancing accessibility of medicines to all through the revolution of PM Jan Aushadhi Yojana and with revised national list of essential medicines that added 384 drugs to its list.

He further said that due to the Ayushman Bharat initiative, best quality and affordable healthcare is now within the reach of the poor.

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