In his address at the 76th session of the World Health Assembly, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya called for a global approach to healthcare, focusing on digital health initiatives and medical countermeasures. Mandaviya emphasized the need for equity in accessing safe, high-quality, and cost-effective health solutions across all nations, aligning with the theme of ‘Health for All.’
Highlighting the challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis, Mandaviya stressed the importance of global unity in building health resilience. He proposed the establishment of a Global Medical Countermeasures Platform and a Global Initiative for Digital Health, aiming to democratize healthcare access, particularly in low and middle-income countries. These initiatives would contribute to preparedness for health emergencies and enhance accessibility to medical countermeasures.
Mandaviya praised India’s efforts in digital health innovation, citing the Ni-kshay platform as an example of the country’s commitment to combating tuberculosis. He also commended the World Health Organization’s focus on the ‘Health for All’ agenda, aligning with India’s motto of ‘One Earth, One Family, One Future’ and the principle of ‘Antyodaya,’ which emphasizes reaching out to the most vulnerable.
Expressing the urgency of addressing the strain on global healthcare systems caused by COVID-19, Mandaviya emphasized the importance of persevering in the mission to achieve ‘Health for All.’ He emphasized the need for a globally connected world equipped to combat future health challenges and secure a healthier future for upcoming generations.
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