Indian Health Minister emphasizes on coordination for medical countermeasures

Dr Mansukh Mandaviya delivers keynote address at the concluding session of the 2nd G20 Health Working Group Meeting

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Indian Health Minister Dr. Mansukh MandaviyaIndian Union Health Minister Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya emphasized on the importance of a formal global coordination mechanism for medical countermeasures and underscored the importance of converging and consolidating efforts on the Medical Countermeasures (MCM) Agenda while delivering a keynote address at the concluding session of the 2nd G20 Health Working Group Meeting.

Dr.Mandaviya said, “As G20 Health Working Group, we are heading in the right direction toward jointly creating a positive impact for future Global Health Architecture. “

He emphasized the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the healthcare systems around the world and stated, “it is essential for us to collectively break the cycle of panic and neglect and not let the phenomenon of pandemic fatigue diminish our ongoing efforts on pandemic preparedness, prevention and response.”

He also noted that India has proposed the agenda of digital health and innovation with a view to promoting the use of technology in health service delivery, bridging the digital divide across the world and promoting digital public goods.

Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar, Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, reiterated that the fulcrum of India’s G20 Presidency lies in the ancient Indian philosophy of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ and emphasized the need to create resilient healthcare systems that ensure equitable access to affordable and quality healthcare to people across national borders.

Rajesh Bhushan, Union Health Secretary, highlighted the need for an integrated global health framework through the approach of ‘One Health’ and on the need to counter the challenge of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). He urged everyone to continue their discussions to collectively work towards ensuring ‘Universal Health Coverage’ for all.

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(With inputs from The OnLook News Research Bureau)

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