Country is fully prepared to handle Covid-19 surge situation: Union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia

 

The country is fully prepared to deal with the coronavirus situation, Union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said on Friday. He also details the endeavors taken by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government over the last eight years.

Union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said the focus of the government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership has been to transform healthcare into “holistic healthcare”.

 

“The pillars of the government’s healthcare program are accessibility, affordability, assured quality, and digital delivery. Following the PM’s vision of ‘One Nation One Health’, we collectively handled the Covid-19 situation,” he said, adding that 220 crore doses of vaccines have been administered till this Monday.

 

Delineating the string of steps taken by the government, Scindia, who holds the civil aviation and steel ministries portfolio, said that under the Modi government, medicines have become more affordable and the out-of-pocket expenditure for healthcare has come down. “The share of out-of-pocket health expenditure as a percentage of total health expenditure has declined from 64.2% in 2013-14 to 48.2% in 2018-19,” he said.

 

“In 2014, there were only 6 AIIMS and today we have 22 AIIMS in the country. MBBS seats have been increased by 90%. The postgraduate seats in medical courses have also increased significantly,” he said while underlining the NDA government’s achievements in the health sector. 

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