J.P. Nadda

MIN­IS­TER FOR HEALTH AND FAM­ILY WEL­FARE

India Today - - 30 YEARS OF MODI GOVERNMENT | SOCIAL SECTOR - —Amar­nath K. Menon

J. P. NADDA’S MOST STRIK­ING con­tri­bu­tion is the new Na­tional Health Pol­icy 2017 that aims to ad­dress the pre­vail­ing and emerg­ing health­care

chal­lenges in the coun­try given that our health spend in still un­der 1.5 per cent of the

GDP, amongst the low­est in the world. The in­fant and ma­ter­nal mor­tal­ity rates have de­clined steadily. Mis­sion In­drad­hanush, which seeks to­tal im­mu­ni­sa­tion, has cov­ered 21 mil­lion chil­dren so far de­spite lag­ging be­hind sim­i­lar cam­paigns in Pak­istan and Bangladesh. In the ab­sence of a reg­u­la­tory au­thor­ity that ap­pre­ci­ates newer tech­nolo­gies, lit­tle has been achieved in fos­ter­ing in­no­va­tion in health­care. Nadda’s pri­or­ity is health for all. “My big­gest chal­lenge still is re­tain­ing doc­tors in pub­lic fa­cil­i­ties,” says the min­is­ter.

VIKRAM SHARMA

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