Affordable, accessible healthcare road map for ‘healthy India’, says Jitendra Singh, ET HealthWorld

by Rahul Devi

India Leads in Vaccine Production for Preventing Malignancies: Jitendra Singh

India has taken a significant step towards preventing malignancies like Cervavac, according to Union Minister Jitendra Singh. He emphasized that affordable and accessible healthcare is the key to a healthy India. Singh stated that India has transitioned from a sectoral and segmented approach to a comprehensive need-based healthcare service. The country is now recognized as a role model in crisis management and preventive healthcare.

During the launch of Jammu and Kashmir’s first-ever state-of-the-art cancer care facility affiliated with Tata Memorial Centre (TMC), Mumbai, Singh highlighted India’s achievements in the field of healthcare. He mentioned that India has produced vaccines for the prevention of malignancies such as Cervavac, which is the country’s first quadrivalent human papillomavirus vaccine used to fight cervical cancer.

Singh also spoke about the growth of the biotechnology sector in India. He mentioned that the sector is expected to achieve a USD 150 billion bio-economy by 2025, surpassing the USD 100 billion mark achieved in 2022. Singh attributed this growth to the focus on preventive healthcare brought about by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Singh expressed gratitude to Modi for bringing preventive healthcare into focus in India, which has enabled the country to develop two DNA vaccines and one nasal vaccine within a span of two years.

The launch of the cancer care facility in Kathua holds great significance for the region. Singh revealed that he received desperate calls from family members of cancer patients requesting admission to Tata Hospital Mumbai or accommodation for attendants. To address this need, Singh initiated the establishment of the facility in Kathua and moved the necessary paperwork to the Department of Atomic Energy, which controls Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai.

Singh suggested that under Modi’s leadership, the Kathua-Udhampur-Doda Parliamentary constituency has the potential to become the future ‘Health Circuit’ of India. With the presence of three medical colleges and North India’s first biotech park, the region can offer state-of-the-art healthcare facilities.

India’s progress in vaccine production, focus on preventive healthcare, and the establishment of advanced cancer care facilities are significant steps towards making healthcare affordable and accessible to all. The country’s achievements in the healthcare sector position it as a leader in crisis management and preventive healthcare. With continued efforts and investment, India’s healthcare system is poised for further growth and improvement, ensuring a healthier future for its citizens.

Published On Sep 24, 2023 at 06:20 PM IST

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