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Global Digital Health Initiative One Step Closer To Achieve Universal Health Coverage: Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi

Aug 18, 2023

Healthcare should not be a service, but a promise for all: Dr Mansukh Mandaviya

Global health security possible only by integrating traditional system of healthcare: Sarbananda Sonowal

GANDHINAGAR, 18 August 2023: Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi while addressing through a video message during the panel discussion with G20 Member countries at ‘One Earth, One Health - Advantage Healthcare India 2023 (AHCI),’ today said that the global initiative on digital health brings together various digital health initiatives on a common platform. He further stated that digital health initiative will allow countries to close the gap in healthcare delivery which shall take us one step closer to achieving the goal of universal health coverage.

The Prime Minister further stated, “We are expanding health infrastructure, promoting the traditional system of medicine and providing affordable health care to all. The establishment of WHO- Global Center for Traditional Medicine in Jamnagar could be our joint effort to build a global repository for traditional medicine.”

Dr Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Govt of India said that it is imperative that we join hands and work collectively towards a future where healthcare is not just a service but a promise of healthcare for all. “We should work together to ensure that healthcare services are not compromised due to geographic limitations and reshape our healthcare delivery system for the betterment of the lives,” he added.

Addressing the panel discussion on ‘Achieving value-based healthcare through Patient and Health Workforce Mobility’, Mr Mandaviya said, “The idea of value-based healthcare is our collective desire to create a society that prioritizes the well-being of every citizen providing high-quality healthcare, and balanced service that is accessible and affordable. Additional research, evidence and innovation will help us meet health-related Sustainable Development Goals.”

Mr Sarbananda Sonowal, Minister of AYUSH, Government of India while sharing insights on ‘Integrated Healthcare and Wellness: Holistic Healing by Bridging Traditional and Modern Healthcare’, said, “The global health security is only possible by integrating the traditional system of healthcare. As we move forward in our pursuit of global health and wellbeing, we should recognize the profound interdependence between human health and the identity of our environment. This connection goes beyond borders, highlighting the imperative for collective action and global cooperation, collaborative efforts and sustainable practices so we can ensure a healthier future for our generation to come.”

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of, the World Health Organization (WHO) while speaking on Healing beyond Borders: Global Call to Action for Equitable Healthcare Delivery said that indigenous knowledge and traditional medicine have never before had this attention at the highest levels of the government.  “We are also working towards a new traditional medicine global strategy for 2025 to 2034. This new global strategy will go hand in hand with the new global framework to achieve the well-being of societies and economies. Today will be a catalyst for greater understanding and commitment to bring together ancient wisdom and modern science in the pursuit of health for all,” he added.

Mr Lav Agarwal, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India emphasized on the need to generate scientific evidence and regulatory framework.

Post the inaugural session on day-1, several panel discussions and round table conferences were organized on the plethora of topics like ‘One Earth One Health - Digital Portal Showcase: Revamping the Future of Global Healthcare through Medical Value Travel and Fulfilling the Need for a Global Health Ecosystem through Workforce Mobility,' 'Regional Roundtable Sessions – Focus on Partnerships and Collaborations: Building a Continuum of Care: Integrated Healthcare for the Holistic Wellbeing of the World, The Collective Effort in Fostering the Development of the Medical Value Travel Sector, The Power of Partnership and Collaboration for Effective Health Service Delivery, and Promoting Global Partnerships: Advancing Towards a Healthy Future through Medical Value Travel.'

The other subjects highlighted include, 'Patient Journey and Satisfaction: Success Stories of MVT in India,' 'Innovation and Technology Development in Medical Devices for Improved Patient Outcomes: Revolutionizing the MVT Industry,' and 'Facilitating Medical Value Travel through Insurance Portability across Borders.'

On Day -2, the panel discussions were conducted on subjects like ‘Skilling and Human Resources Mobility to Aid Health Service Delivery,' 'MoUs- Leveraging the Power of Partnerships,' and 'Healthcare Beyond Borders: Promoting Value-Based Healthcare.' These sessions were chaired, co-chaired, moderated and graced by the Ministers from different sectors of the Government of India, Ministers from foreign countries, official delegates of the G20 member countries, health professionals, and representatives from private and government bodies.

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