Health is be­ing em­bed­ded in the growth story of In­dia as the country charts an im­pres­sive growth curve which is now be­ing recog­nised at var­i­ous global plat­forms. Th­ese are the words of Union Health Min­is­ter JP Nadda, the man who has tried to carve his own space in the de­vel­op­ment of Min­istry of Health and Fam­ily Wel­fare.

In his short stint of 18 months as Union Health Min­is­ter, Nadda has showed an ex­em­plary per­for­mance with launch of dif­fer­ent ini­tia­tives con­cern­ing In­dia as well as global health is­sues. By bring­ing in a lot of dy­namism in trans­form­ing the health sys­tem by en­sur­ing that the health de­liv­er­ables reaches the last per­son at an af­ford­able cost, the Min­istry has tried to cater to the needs of all sec­tions of the so­ci­ety.

Start­ing from Mis­sion In­drad­hanush, which aims to im­mu­nise all chil­dren against seven vac­cine pre­ventable dis­eases namely diph­the­ria, whoop­ing cough, tetanus, po­lio, tu­ber­cu­lo­sis, measles and hepati­tis B by 2020, the min­istry is ap­proach­ing in pos­i­tive di­rec­tion to meet the tar­gets of Mil­len­nium De­vel­op­ment Goals (MDGS). MDGS are the world's time-bound and quan­ti­fied tar­gets for ad­dress­ing ex­treme poverty in its many di­men­sion­sin­come poverty, hunger, disease, lack of adequate shel­ter, and ex­clu­sion-while pro­mot­ing gen­der equal­ity, ed­u­ca­tion, and en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity.

The Mis­sion In­drad­hanush, which was launched by JP Nadda on De­cem­ber 25, 2014, was started with the tar­get to im­mu­nize nearly 90 lakh chil­dren who are ei­ther not vac­ci­nated or have been par­tially vac­ci­nated. There was an in­crease of al­most 5 per cent in one-year com­pared to the ear­lier rate of about just 1 per cent in full im­mu­niza­tion cov­er­age. “A to­tal of 1.62 crore chil­dren have been par­tially im­mu­nised and 45 lakh to­tally im­mu­nised,” Nadda said.

He cited Mis­sion In­drad­hanush as world’s largest pub­lic health pro­gramme, while launch­ing a website and a mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion for the same. Not only this, the NDA gov­ern­ment headed by Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi has made a lot of ef­forts to em­power the states. It’s the out­come of best ef­forts of the gov­ern­ment that has up­lifted en­tire health in­fra­struc­ture of the country over the last one year. There have been sev­eral no­table ac­com­plish­ments of the health min­istry such as in­tro­duc­tion of new vac­cines -- Rota Virus vac­cine, In­ac­ti­vated Po­liovirus Vac­cine (IPV), switchover from triva­lent to bi­va­lent, measles, Rubella and Ja­panese En­cephali­tis.

Given that gov­ern­ment stressed on ca­pac­ity build­ing of states through health sys­tems strength­en­ing ap­proach that ben­e­fited many pro­grammes at the grass root level, an in­creas­ing trend in in­sti­tu­tional de­liv­er­ies has been no­ticed.

Know­ing the fact that hy­giene and clean­li­ness pre­vents a per­son from get­ting sick, the min­istry launched Kayakalp pro­gramme which lays em­pha­sis on prac­tices and pro­to­cols for en­hanc­ing san­i­ta­tion and clean­li­ness in all gov­ern­ment health fa­cil­i­ties.

In a bid to elim­i­nate deadly disease Tu­ber­cu­lo­sis (TB), the min­istry has taken

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