Mumbai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday stressed that the world will have to be prepared to face challenges like the coronavirus pandemic in future too.
Speaking during a webinar on budget implementation related to the health sector, the PM said that India’s growing confidence in the health sector’s potential has greatly increased the coronavirus pandemic.
“The budget allocated for the health sector is now extraordinary. This shows our commitment to the region. The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us to be prepared to fight similar challenges in the future,” PM Modi said.
Coronavirus has taught us a lesson to fight and be prepared for future challenges, PM Modi said, adding “that is why it is essential to strengthening our health sector.
“From medical devices to medicines, from ventilators to vaccines, from scientific research to surveillance infrastructure, from doctors to epidemiologists, we have to focus on all these so that the country is better prepared for any health emergency in the future,” he added.
The PM praised the country’s health sector for the flexibility and innovation shown during the epidemic.
“Today, the world’s confidence in India’s health sector is at a new height. We have to be prepared for the growing demand for ‘Made in India’ vaccines.
“To keep India healthy, we are working on four key things: promoting disease prevention and well-being, healthcare access for all, building health infrastructure and increasing the quality and quantity of health professionals, and working in a focused way,” he said.
The PM further stated that his government is aiming to eliminate Tuberculosis (TB) in the country by the year 2025. To achieve this, Modi noted, wearing masks and early diagnosis of the disease and its treatment is the key.