On the 11th of December, The closing ceremony of the Health Ministers’ Conclave was addressed today by Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi and Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya. The conclave will be held on the occasion of UHC Day, 2022.
The following people were also present: Shri Banna Gupta, Minister of Health, Government of Jharkhand; Shri M K Sharma, Minister of Health, Government of Sikkim; Shri Dhan Singh Rawat, and Minister of Health, Government of Uttarakhand.
Shri Adityanath said that India has given a model to the world for COVID management and vaccination, highlighting India’s success in managing the COVID pandemic. He added, “While people worldwide protested against restrictions imposed by governments, in India under the visionary leadership of PM Shri Narendra Modi, COVID guidelines and regulations were followed enthusiastically by 1.4 billion people,”.
He also said that the vaccines made in India are of high quality and their effectiveness has been proven all over the world.
The UP Chief Minister, addressing the event, stated that India’s health sector has witnessed a remarkable transformation in the last 8 years. “From having only 6 AIIMS in 2014, there are 22 AIIMS either operational or on the verge of starting operations across the country,” he highlighted. He also emphasized the remarkable impact on health deliverables through flagship schemes like the Ayushman Bharat, Poshan Abhiyan, and Mission Indradhanush.
“Giving additional boost for rethinking and improving India’s healthcare sector,” Dr. Mandaviya said of the two-day brainstorming session. He said that these two days of Chintan and Manan at Varanasi have enriched them with vast knowledge to strengthen HWCs through policy reforms, to ensure that they function as strong hubs for last-mile delivery of healthcare services to the communities.
He stated that HWCs are like temples of health and wellness, envisaging the critical role of HWCs.
The Union Health Minister also commended the work of healthcare workers at the implementing level, such as Community Health Officers (CHOs) and ASHA workers.
“The CHOs are the pivotal link operating at the cutting edge and delivering primary health care services at the grassroots,” he stated. They are the healthcare workers at the hospital. “Universal Health Coverage” cannot be achieved without them.
On the second day of Health Ministers’ Conclave 2022, there were panel discussions on disease elimination and progress on PMJAY with eminent thought leaders.
Presentations by Community Health Officers on clinical and public health functions, managerial functions, community connect & AYUSH integration and IT initiatives were also covered in the sessions. Around 900 Community Health Officers and Medical Officers from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Uttarakhand congregated at the Conclave.