Union Health Minister J P Nadda today said support of private sector is crucial in designing school curriculum to inculcate healthy lifestyles among children and stressed the need to pay urgent attention towards preventive aspects of non-communicable diseases).
Nadda said that most of the major non-communicable diseases (NCDs) generally labeled as ‘lifestyle diseases’ are acquired and social behaviour change plays a major role in preventing them.
“The support of the private sector in this area will be crucial, especially in designing curriculum for the children at school so that we can inculcate healthy lifestyle in them in their formative years,” an official statement quoting Nadda, who was speaking at FICCI HEAL event said.
“Superior outcomes in healthcare in India will be better achieved with innovations in health practices and products, and I urge private sector to give priority to innovations and best practices,” he said.
The Health Minister further said that some formidable challenges still need to be addressed in many states due to lack of sturdy infrastructure and shortage of skilled manpower among other things.
“We should not work in silos. There is urgent need to interact and work together in making a meaningful change,” he said.
Highlighting the benefits of the Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment (AMRIT) outlets, the Health Minister said that these clinics have sold drugs worth Rs 28 crores as per the MRP.
However, the costs to the patients through these outlets have only been Rs 9 crores and has thus resulted in saving of Rs 19 crore out of pocket expenditure to the patients.
Noting that the government is making strides in the field of telemedicine, Nadda said the facility with three remote locations – Community Health Centre, Pooh in Kinnour, Himachal Pradesh, Pampa Hospital, Sabrimala in Kerala and Sheshnag base camp on way to Amarnath Shrine has been started.
He also reiterated the government’s resolve to strengthen tertiary health care in all its premium institutions by inducting state-of-art technology, training and capacity building of human resource and providing affordable and convenient tertiary health care through various steps.
Meanwhile, according to a FICCI statement, Nadda said that there was a need to educate children at an early age about lifestyle choices and the government was planning to come out with a pictorial leaflet – a lifestyle guide – as a part of the school curriculum, which would educate students about healthy lifestyle choices.