PM Modi announced an highly ambitious healthcare campaign , National Digital Health Mission , during his Red Fort speech on the 74th Independence Day. The campaign , according to the prime minister , will help in simplifying the access to healthcare for every citizen and he also reassured the nation on the plans that are afoot for the mass-production of COVID-19 vaccines post the clearance from the scientists.
The prime minister said that the new health ID will contain the medical data , diagnostic records & summaries of all hospital visits and ailments , and the campaign will usher a new beginning in the chapter for the health sector. He said , “From today, a major campaign is being launched in which technology will play a big role. The National Digital Health Mission is being launched today. This will bring a new revolution in India’s health sector and it will help reduce problems in getting treatment with the help of technology”. It will be a health account of every citizen. The campaign is expected to provide greater efficiency and transparency in healthcare services in the country.
He also touched upon the growing curiosity in the country regarding a vaccine for COVID-19. “I want to tell people, the talent of our scientists is like that of ‘rishi munis’ and they are working very hard in laboratories. Three vaccines are in various stages of testing. When scientists will give us the green signal, it will be produced on a mass scale and all preparations have been made for it,” the PM said during his speech.
The human vaccine trials by Bharat Biotech, in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), and Zydus Cadila Ltd, are currently in phase I and II. The prime minister encouraged the nation that ‘We Will Win’ against the coronavirus pandemic and a strong will is needed for the same.
The biggest lesson from the ongoing pandemic that the nation has learnt according to the prime minister is being self-reliant in the health sector. He added that the country is now producing PPE kits, N95 masks, ventilators, etc. which were not being manufactured indigenously earlier which is a boost to the call for ‘vocal for local’.
While mentioning about the National Digital Health Mission PM said that new AIIMS and medical colleges are being built and effort is on to modernize the existing facilities. “In five years in MBBS/MD, 45,000 more seats have been created for students,” he said. He also emphasized on the wellness centers and the role they have played in the current situation besides commending the corona warriors.