MINISTER FOR HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE
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.