“Ex­plore op­por­tu­ni­ties of in­vest­ment in the emerg­ing field of se­nior care”

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“Cor­po­rate lead­ers across all sec­tors should ex­plore op­por­tu­ni­ties of in­vest­ment in the emerg­ing field of se­nior care.” This was stated by Anupriya Pa­tel, Min­is­ter of State for Health and Fam­ily Wel­fare dur­ing her key­note ad­dress at the ‘1st An­nual Se­nior Care Con­clave’ or­gan­ised by Con­fed­er­a­tion of In­dian In­dus­try (CII), in New Delhi re­cently.

Speak­ing at the func­tion, Anupriya Pa­tel stated that the rapidly chang­ing global de­mo­graph­ics have re­sulted in a sharp rise in the de­mand for se­nior care ser­vices. “Health ser­vices are to be de­signed in such way that there is a com­plete co­or­di­na­tion across the thread of care providers to cure acute con­di­tions and symp­toms,” she said and also re­leased a CII Re­port “Ig­nit­ing Po­ten­tial in Se­nior Care Ser­vices” and in­au­gu­rated an ex­hi­bi­tion at the event.

Speak­ing at the oc­ca­sion, the min­is­ter stated that the rapidly chang­ing global de­mo­graph­ics have re­sulted in a sharp rise in the de­mand for se­nior care ser­vices. This cou­pled with an in­creased life ex­pectancy of the pop­u­la­tion, and an in­creased ten­dency glob­ally to have nu­clear fam­i­lies, has fur­ther ac­cel­er­ated the growth in the se­nior care sec­tor, she said.

High­light­ing the initiatives of the Health Min­istry, she said that the “Na­tional Pro­gramme for the Health Care of El­derly (NPHCE)” ad­dresses var­i­ous health re­lated is­sues of the el­derly peo­ple and the pro­gramme is an ar­tic­u­la­tion of the in­ter­na­tional and na­tional com­mit­ments of the gov­ern­ment. The pro­gramme is State ori­ented and ba­sic thrust of the pro­gramme is to pro­vide ded­i­cated health care fa­cil­i­ties to the se­nior citizens (>60 year of age) at var­i­ous level of pri­mary, sec­ondary and ter­tiary health care, she added.

“The ba­sic aim of the NPHCE Pro­gramme is to pro­vide ded­i­cated, spe­cial­ized and com­pre­hen­sive health care to the se­nior citizens at var­i­ous lev­els of state health care de­liv­ery sys­tem in­clud­ing out­reach ser­vices. Pre­ven­tive and pro­mo­tive care, man­age­ment of ill­ness, health man­power de­vel­op­ment for geri­atric ser­vices, med­i­cal re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion & ther­a­peu­tic in­ter­ven­tion and IEC are some of the strate­gies en­vis­aged in the NPHCE,” Anupriya Pa­tel men­tioned.

The Min­is­ter fur­ther stated that NPHCE was launched in 100 iden­ti­fied dis­tricts of 21 States and Eight Re­gional Ge­ri­atrics Cen­tres in se­lected med­i­cal col­leges as re­fer­ral units dur­ing the 11th Plan pe­riod. As on March 2018, 520 dis­tricts in 34 states and UT’s had been sanc­tioned for pro­vi­sion of geri­atric care ser­vices. “19 re­gional geri­atric cen­tres in gov­ern­ment med­i­cal col­leges of 18 states sanc­tioned for spe­cial­ized care and train­ing pur­pose. Two Na­tional Cen­tres for Age­ing (NCA) in AIIMS Delhi and Madras Med­i­cal Col­lege, Chen­nai have been sanc­tioned to be de­vel­oped as cen­tres of ex­cel­lence for ge­ri­atrics. In 2018-19, 79 more dis­tricts have been rec­om­mended, tak­ing the num­ber of dis­tricts sanc­tioned for pro­vi­sion of geri­atric care ser­vices to 599 dis­tricts,” she elab­o­rated.

In­dia’s de­mo­graphic pro­file is young with more than half the pop­u­la­tion un­der the age of 35 years. How­ever, with bet­ter avail­abil­ity of health­care, the pop­u­la­tion of per­sons over the age of 65 years is also rapidly ex­pand­ing. This pop­u­la­tion is es­ti­mated to triple be­tween 2011 and 2050 as longevity will in­crease from 67.5 years to close to 76 years in this pe­riod. With al­most 130 mil­lion peo­ple cur­rently in this age-group, there is a need for con­certed ca­pac­ity aug­men­ta­tion and pol­icy support for an in­dus­try cater­ing to their needs and thereby meet­ing the re­quire­ments of the older gen­er­a­tion. This will re­quire sev­eral key sec­tors of in­dus­try to come to­gether to pro­vide com­pre­hen­sive goods and ser­vices aimed at a dif­fer­ent pop­u­la­tion such as health­care, as­sisted liv­ing, man­u­fac­tur­ers of spe­cific prod­ucts, pro­vi­sion of pub­lic goods for less-abled, travel and tourism, and so on. CII strongly rec­og­nizes the im­por­tance of nur­tur­ing new con­cepts and prod­ucts for se­nior citizens through a col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach be­tween pri­vate, pub­lic and semi-pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions which are deeply en­gaged in the sec­tor. Hence it has as­so­ci­ated with ASLI (As­so­ci­a­tion of Se­nior Liv­ing In­dia) and or­gan­ised 1st An­nual Se­nior Care Con­clave’ to high­light the dif­fer­ent di­men­sions of car­ing for our older gen­er­a­tion and dis­cuss how in­dus­try can part­ner in the en­deav­our.

Anupriya S Pa­tel, MoS (HFW) de­liv­ered the key­note ad­dress at the 1st CII Se­nior Care Con­clave at New Delhi on Novem­ber 1. Dig­ni­taries seen on the dais (L-R) Neeraj Bhat­tia, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, CII, Ankur Gupta, chair­man task force for se­nior care, CII and Jt. Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Ashi­ana Hous­ing and Man­soor H Dalal, founder and chair­man, ASLI and CMD of Oa­sis Se­nior Liv­ing.

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