On the 23rd of February, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a webinar on Budget Implementation of the Health Sector.
The webinar was organised to highlight and brief about the investment in Indian Health Sector.
During the webinar Mr. Modi made a crucial announcement regarding elimination of Tuberculosis (TB) in India.
PM Modi said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led Central Government is aiming to eliminate TB by 2025.
With the investment in the Health Sector, the Central Government is planning to enhance the medical facilities and increase employment in this area.
PM Modi said, “(The) Centre is not only investing in healthcare but making sure that such facilities are made available in remote areas too. Investment in healthcare also focuses on bringing in employment opportunities.”
The emphasis on TB was based on the recently released annual TB report 2020. Released in June 2020, the report says, around 24.04 lakh TB patients have been notified in 2019, which shows an increase of 14 % increase in TB notification as compared to the year 2018.
PM Modi said, “We aim to eliminate tuberculosis from the country by 2025. Wearing masks, early diagnosis and treatment are also important in its prevention.”
Mr. Modi also advocated for greater public and private partnership in the health sector. “The private sector can support PPP models in creating a network of public health laboratories, along with a stake in Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY.) There may also be a partnership on (the) National Digital Health Mission, digital health records of citizens and other Cutting Edge Technology.”
With this, it is expected that this year’s budget plan would focus on TB elimination and enhancing healthcare facilities.
However, detailed information about how the Central Government is planning to eliminate TB by 2025 is yet to be revealed.
Stay tuned for further updates.