The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Dr. Jitendra Singh called for indigenous ‘Make in India’ healthcare strategies which could optimally address the healthcare issues from Indian perspective and in Indian conditions. He was addressing at the ‘Healthcare’ Conference organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), in New Delhi today.
Dr Singh referred to Indian guidelines for treatment of diseases like Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus which also form the basis of the guidelines adopted by certain other countries and said that the changing spectrum of disease prevalence in the country required specifically oriented healthcare strategies involving all the stakeholders including medical professionals, pharma industry and public as well as private healthcare agencies.
The minister said, the Indian society as a whole is fast evolving and at the same time in recent years, India too has become a part of a shrunken global world and this phenomenon is impacting every sphere of life including the healthcare system. While on the one hand, disorders like diabetes and heart disease, which were hitherto confined to urban population, are now also on the rise in rural areas. On the other hand, the access to modern modalities of treatment are confined only to cities or big towns as a result of which, 70 percent of rural population gets access only to 1/3rd of hospitalisation facilities and over 600 million people in the country are deprived of access to affordable healthcare.
The emergence of private sector is an inevitable phenomenon, said Dr Singh, but cautioned that for a country like India, public sector healthcare was still very much relevant and therefore called for a healthy synergisation between public sector and private sector healthcare agencies. He cited the experience from Northeast where he had motivated some of the country’s leading corporate sector hospital groups to set up healthcare outlets of different magnitudes depending on the viability of the location, in the form of OPD clinics or diagnostic centres or even full-fledged hospitals.