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World Health Day 2023: How India Is Reiterating Its Commitments Towards Ensuring ‘Health For All’

On World Health Day 2023, Union Health Minister Dr Manuskh Mandaviya shares a slew of initiatives taken by his government towards ensuring Health For All

World Health Day 2023: How India Is Reiterating Its Commitments Towards Ensuring ‘Health For All’
The theme for World Health Day 2023 is ‘Health For All’

New Delhi: April 7 is marked as World Health Day, to commemorate the foundation of World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948. The theme for World Health Day 2023 is ‘Health For All’. Wishing people on the special day, Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya said, “On World Health Day, we reiterate our commitment towards building a healthier India.” Dr Mandaviya shared a slew of initiatives taken by his government towards ensuring Health For All.

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How India Is Working Towards Health For All:

Ayushman Bharat Health and Wellness Centres: Marching towards ‘Antyodaya’ that is uplifting of the weakest section of society, the Government of India launched Ayushman Bharat Health and Wellness Centres (AB-HWCs). The number of AB-HWCs has increased from 17,149 in 2018-19 to over 1.59 lakh today (as on April 5, 2023). Currently, the cumulative footfall at AB-HWCs stands at 156.58 crore. Also, 1.86 crore yoga and wellness sessions have been conducted. As per the information shared by Dr Mandaviya, AB-HWCs also provide free screening for various diseases. So far, 36.42 crore screenings have been conducted for hypertension; 31.42 crore diabetes screenings; 21.58 crore screenings for oral cancer; 10.08 crore for breast cancer; 6.89 crore for cervical cancer.

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Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) provides health protection cover to poor and vulnerable families for secondary and tertiary care. Under AB-PMJAY, 23.3 crore Ayushman cards have been generated; 4.56 crore people have got easy hospital admissions. Additionally, 28,037 hospitals are empaneled.

Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission: The government is leveraging the power of technology to create a robust digital health ecosystem under Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABHA). As part of the mission, 34.25 crore ABHA IDs have been created; 25.83 crore health records linked; 2.01 lakh health facilities and 1.53 lakh healthcare professionals registered.

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Eliminating deadly diseases is crucial building a Swasth (healthy) Bharat. As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of Kala Azar cases has depreciated from 9,241 (2014) to 834 today. Similarly, the number of Japanese Encephalitis cases has declined from 1,661 in 2014 to 787 in 2021. The case fatality rate for Japanese Encephalitis has dropped and almost halved from 17.6 per cent in 204 to 8.8 per cent in 2021.

The government also runs Jan Aushadhi Kendra in the country providing quality medicines at a reasonable rate. In the last eight years, the number of Jan Aushadhi Kendras has increased to 9,304. Over 35 crore Jan Aushadhi Suvidha Sanitary Pads have been sold across the country.

Also Read: Good Health Is Dependent On Access To Good Sanitation Facilities: Union Minister Smriti Irani

NDTV – Dettol have been working towards a clean and healthy India since 2014 via the Banega Swachh India initiative, which is helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. The campaign aims to highlight the inter-dependency of humans and the environment, and of humans on one another with the focus on One Health, One Planet, One Future – Leaving No One Behind. It stresses on the need to take care of, and consider, everyone’s health in India – especially vulnerable communities – the LGBTQ populationindigenous people, India’s different tribes, ethnic and linguistic minorities, people with disabilities, migrants, geographically remote populations, gender and sexual minorities. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign will continue to raise awareness on the same along with focussing on the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children, fight malnutrition, mental wellbeing, self care, science and health, adolescent health & gender awareness. Along with the health of people, the campaign has realised the need to also take care of the health of the eco-system. Our environment is fragile due to human activity, which is not only over-exploiting available resources, but also generating immense pollution as a result of using and extracting those resources. The imbalance has also led to immense biodiversity loss that has caused one of the biggest threats to human survival – climate change. It has now been described as a “code red for humanity.” The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene. Banega Swasth India will also be taking forward the dream of Swasth Bharat, the campaign feels that only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and the country can become a Swasth or healthy India.

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