“WHO Chief Applauds India’s Ayushman Health Scheme at G20 Health Ministers’ Meeting”


WHO Chief lauds India’s Ayushman Health Scheme at the G20 Health Ministers’ Meeting, acknowledging its contributions to universal health coverage and healthcare initiatives.

WHO Chief Commends India's Ayushman Health Scheme at G20 Health Ministers' Meeting
WHO Chief Commends India's Ayushman Health Scheme at G20 Health Ministers' Meeting

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), extended praise to India for its strides in healthcare coverage and initiatives. His commendation came during the inauguration ceremony of the ongoing G20 Health Ministers’ Meeting in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

At the start of his address, Dr. Tedros expressed gratitude for India’s warm hospitality and visionary leadership in hosting the G20 Summit. He lauded India’s progress in advancing Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and highlighted the Ayushman Bharat scheme, which he termed as the “world’s largest health assurance initiative.”

Impressed by India’s primary healthcare endeavors, Dr. Tedros shared his experience visiting a Health and Wellness Centre in Gandhinagar, where essential services are being offered to 1000 households. He particularly praised the telemedicine facilities provided in Gujarat, underlining their role in transforming healthcare services.

“I commend the telemedicine services being provided here, which provide prescriptions and treatment locally. It is an excellent example of transforming healthcare,” Dr. Tedros stated. He also expressed gratitude for India’s G20 Presidency in launching the Global Digital Health Initiative.

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya emphasized the international participation in the G20 Health Ministers’ meeting and side events, with over 70 delegates from various countries attending. The event under G20 India Presidency is scheduled from August 17 to 19 in Gandhinagar.

India’s G20 Presidency, a collaboration of Indonesia, India, and Brazil, focuses on key priorities such as health emergencies prevention and response, strengthening pharmaceutical cooperation, and advancing digital health innovations. The G20 Health Minister’s Meeting aims to address issues related to universal health coverage and improved healthcare service delivery.

The G20 India Presidency marks a significant milestone as it consists of three developing and emerging economies, striving to contribute to global healthcare advancements.

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