Emphasizing that quality health care is linked to poverty reduction efforts, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that better health facilities are not only limited to the treatment of diseases, but also promote social justice.
“When the poor get the best, cheap treatment, their faith in the system is strengthened. If they are freed from worrying about the cost of treatment, they work hard to lift themselves out of poverty with more determination,” the prime minister said, addressing a town hall meeting in Bhuj town of Kutch after the inauguration from KK Patel Super Specialty Hospital via virtual. fashion.
Over the past few years, all plans in the health sector, he said, have been implemented with this thought in mind. He said that through Ayushman Bharat Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Yojana, poor and middle class families receive free medical care, cheaper medicines and are able to save “thousands of millions of rupees” that they would otherwise have spent on medical care.
Bhuj Hospital will make good quality health care available to people at an affordable price. https://t.co/ip4Y9sNVyz
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 15, 2022
“Initiatives such as Health and Wellness Centers, Ayushman Bharat Yojana Health Infrastructure, etc. contribute to making medical treatment accessible to all. Ayushman Bharat’s digital health mission will make more facilities available to patients. Through the Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission, modern and essential health care infrastructure is being created at district and block levels,” he said.
Expanding the medical education infrastructure, he said, will enable the country to get a record number of new doctors in the future. “In addition to dozens of AIIMS, dozens of super-specialty hospitals are being built across the country today. The goal of having a medical school in every district of the country or efforts to keep medical education affordable will give the country a record number of doctors in the coming days,” he said.
The new hospital in Bhuj, with 100 super-specialty beds, was set up by the Kutch Leuva Patel Samaj, an organization of the Leuva Patel sub-caste group of the Patidar community. Modi said the new hospital, the first super-specialty facility set up by a charity, will serve thousands of people from Kutch and thousands of jawans from the army and paramilitary forces deployed in the border district.
“Two decades ago, there were only nine medical colleges in Gujarat and if the young people of Gujarat wanted to be doctors, there were only 1100 places available for them. But today there is an AIIMS and more than three dozen medical schools. Compared to the 1,000 places available for children two decades ago, today there is a system allowing 6,000 children to become doctors,” he said.
The Prime Minister, however, warned that although the government is modernizing and expanding health facilities across the country, even adding hundreds of thousands of hospital beds may not be enough if people do not adopt a mode healthy lifestyle and do not take preventive measures such as cleanliness, physical exercise, yoga practice.
“I must share this with you, my brothers and sisters. This is Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. No matter how many hospitals we set up, no matter how many, add hundreds of thousands of (hospital) beds, they will never solve the problem. But instead, if we create social awareness, if we all do our duty… let’s create such an atmosphere and a situation where we won’t have to visit a hospital in the first place… The solution to all problems is (to stay healthy and) to avoid having to go to the hospital,” he said.