PM Narendra Modi in his town hall interaction highlights his government’s initiatives for healthcare

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New Delhi | Updated: Aug 06, 2016 6:42 PM

Stressing on the importance of healthcare, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his first town hall today said, "Swachhata Abhiyaan is about making sure that people are disease-free.

Stressing on the importance of healthcare, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his first town hall today said, "Swachhata Abhiyaan is about making sure that people are disease-free. (PTI)Stressing on the importance of healthcare, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his first town hall today said, “Swachhata Abhiyaan is about making sure that people are disease-free. (PTI)

Stressing on the importance of healthcare, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his first town hall today said, “Swachhata Abhiyaan is about making sure that people are disease-free. Estimates show that if one person in the household falls ill then thousands of rupees are spent on medication. And in case the person is the bread winner of the family, then the family income also suffers. By maintaining cleanliness, we hope to ensure that people don’t fall ill as frequently as they otherwise would.” “The other aspect of healthcare is affordability. Diseases are not specific to the rich. They affect all. We are working on ways to ensure accessibility to affordable healthcare,” PM Modi said.

The Prime Minister went on to talk about his government’s vaccination drive. “Vaccination is very important. The government has done a lot across the country to make vaccines available for children. Officers are doing their work, yet there are many children that do not get access to vaccines. And this is because people’s casual approach. The rich find it embarrassing to stand in lines, and some others are too busy working to take their kids for timely vaccination. Now, the government is going from door to door to make sure that children are vaccinated.” Modi also assured that his government is working on health insurance, and some schemes are being finalised. We should be able to make some announcements shortly, he said.

Earlier, PM Modi spoke of the importance of good governance, the need to reduce processes and make them simpler for the citizens of the country. He also highlighted that the grievance redressal system is the biggest strength of democracy and it is important for the government to address complaints in a time bound manner.

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