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“Developing Quality Essential Health Care Services –Opportunities and Challenges to achieve SDG”

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The mission of the Ministry of Health and Family welfare is to reform and manage the health sector effectively and efficiently to deliver comprehensive health and family welfare services that are equally distributed ,accessible and sustainable for all people of the country. Declaring this at the Daimond Jubilee celebration of Family Welfare Training and Research Centre in Mumbai today Shri J P Nadda Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare said that health is an important component of the Sustainable Development Goals and is represented by SDG-3-‘Ensure healthy lives and promote well being for all at all ages’ .This SDG is aimed to be achieved through targets which address all areas of health –reproductive health ,NCDs,trauma deaths and environmental causes of death .

Sharing some significant achievements the Minister said “the rate of decline of our under 5 mortality has more than doubled from 3.3%in 1990-2008 to 6.9%in 2008-2014.”

About TB the Minister said “Our TB incidence has reduced to 2172 lakh in 2015 compared to 300 lakh in 1990.”He informed there is also a reduction in Maternal mortality rate ,reduction in incidents of Malaria and new HIV infections .

Shri JP Nadda said that The Government of India has announced the National Health Policy 2017 after a gap of 15 years under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi .He emphasised “We are committed to increase the spending on healthcare to 2.5%of GDP in a phased manner .The ongoing efforts of the government aim to promote and understand the quality of care and develop innovative solutions to long standing challenges in the health system of the country to align with sustainable development goals and to ensure good health and well -being of the country .”

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