Nagasaki: Highlighting the need for collaborative efforts to ensure global health security, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Saturday (May 13) said the COVID-19 pandemic has brought the fault lines in existing global health architecture to the forefront, emphasizing the need for a more robust, inclusive and responsive system. Dr. Mandaviya addressed the G7 Health Ministerial meeting on Global Health Architecture in Nagasaki, Japan on Saturday.
The meeting was held to discuss global health challenges and ways to ensure preparedness, prevention and response to future health emergencies. Health Ministers of the G7 countries and invited “Outreach 4” countries of India, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand were present at the meeting.
Addressing the gathering, Dr. Mandaviya said when it comes to managing any health emergency, any country’s national health system is heavily dependent on the global health system.
He highlighted that
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the forefront the fault lines in existing Global Health Architecture, emphasizing the need for a more robust, inclusive and responsive Global Health Architecture, while maintaining the centrality of the World Health Organization (WHO).
Dr. Mandaviya cautioned against fragmented and siloed efforts in addressing the challenges faced by the world and underlined the need for collaborative efforts to ensure global health security including a specific focus on promoting health equity.
He noted that while multiple global efforts are underway, there is a need to ensure the convergence of these ongoing initiatives. On this note, he appreciated that the health agendas under the G20 India Presidency and the G7 Japan Presidency are perfectly aligned which have collectively prioritized health emergency preparedness, access to medical countermeasures and digital health to achieve universal health coverage and innovation.
Dr. Mandaviya also emphasised on the role of digital solutions and the use of technology in ensuring continuity of care amidst multiple challenges posed by the pandemic. He stated,
Bridging digital divide through the promotion of Digital Public Goods to support health service delivery is critical to ensure that fruits of technology are made available to all and to aid and augment health response capacities.
On India’s G20 Presidency, the Union Health Minister informed that priority has been given towards building consensus for converging global efforts to address any health emergencies and ensure the availability of medical countermeasures to all the countries during any health emergency, with specific focus on affordability and ensuring equitable availability.
He also voiced his concern on the high level of global inequity in access to medical countermeasures by highlighting that the COVID-19 vaccination programme started in December 2020, but even after more than 2 years, only 34 per cent of the population in low-and-middle-income countries has access to COVID-19 vaccination, compared to 73 per cent in high-income countries as on April 2023.
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