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Healthcare delivery: Modi promises high quality medical services for the poor, says he will have more doctors in 10 years than the last 70

ByMadeleine J. Pierce

Jan 7, 2022
Underscoring his government’s commitment to delivering high-quality health services to the poor and middle class, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated the second campus of the National Cancer Institute Chittaranjan (CNCI).

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who also attended the event which was held online, caused a stir with her remark that she had already inaugurated the resort during the second COVID-19 wave. , when the state desperately needed more and more centers to respond to the influx of sick people.

A strident critic of Modi, Banerjee said she was attending the event after being invited twice by Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandavia and stressed that her government was following all guidelines issued by the Center despite differences and “questions raised by the governor” over his decisions. .

Dedicating the 400-bed tertiary cancer center built at a cost of Rs 534 crore to the nation, Modi told the rally that India had reached the ‘historic milestone’ of administering 150 crore doses of vaccine COVID-19 during the day.

“Today, over 90% of India’s adult population has already received the first dose of the Covid vaccine. This reflects the country’s sense of self-confidence, self-reliance and pride for a difficult achievement even for developed countries. and wealthy nations,” he asserted.

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Praising the Ayushman Bharat scheme, the Prime Minister said it has become a global benchmark for public healthcare systems with over 2.60 million people, including 17 lakh cancer patients, having benefited from it so far .

“This is yet another step towards our national determination to provide high quality health services to all of our citizens, especially the poor and middle class,” he said of the new CNCI campus, which will will serve West Bengal, its eastern neighbours. and remote states in the Northeast.

“There was a time when a poor person would not think about getting cancer treatment or would sell their house and land to meet the expenses. The poor and middle class would get anxious and lose heart at the mere thought of having We have taken determined action to take cancer patients out of their worries,” he said.

Modi said the 50,000 Jan Aushadhi Kendras were distributing drugs, including 50 cancer drugs, across the country at subsidized prices. Amrit pharmacies also sell expensive cancer drugs at affordable prices, he said.

The Prime Minister said that by regulating the prices of 500 drugs, the government was guaranteeing patients, especially the poor, a saving of Rs 3,000 crore.

Regulating the prices of major drugs and implants has helped ordinary people save huge amounts of money, he said, adding that reducing the price of coronary stents alone saved Rs 4,500 crore for heart patients. Under the Prime Minister’s National Dialysis Scheme, 12 lakh people received free treatment and saved more than Rs 520 crore, he said.

“If we consider the benefits that patients received from these and other programs under Ayushman Bharat, ordinary people saved between Rs 50,000 crore and Rs 60,000 crore,” he said.

Responding to Mamata Banerjee’s suggestion to increase the number of seats in medical schools, Modi said the country had 90,000 undergraduate and postgraduate seats before he took office as prime minister in 2014. He said said 60,000 seats had been added to medical schools over the past seven years. “We only had six AIIMS in 2014 and today we have a strong network of 22 AIIMS across the country,” he said.

Efforts are underway to establish a medical college in each district, 19 state cancer institutes and 20 tertiary cancer centers, he said.

“We are going to produce more doctors in the next 10 years than we have in the last 70 years,” he said.

Health and wellness centers are being set up in the villages while promoting preventive health care through yoga, Ayurveda, universal sanitation and the tap water system that will reach every household, the Prime Minister said.

“Har Ghar Jal Yojana will eliminate dangers like arsenic poisoning which could lead to cancer,” he said.

Mamata Banerjee in her speech said that the state government had spent 25% of the costs incurred for the establishment of the National Cancer Institute, Chittaranjan and would also bear the recurrent expenditure of Rs 71 crore. The West Bengal government, she said, had provided 11 acres of land for the institute.

“Cancer has no answer, but we should not stop trying,” she said, adding that her government had launched the “Swasthya Saathi Scheme” covering all citizens of West Bengal under which people can avail medical treatment up to Rs 5 lakh.

She lamented that only 40% of the state’s population received the second dose of the Covid vaccine. West Bengal has an estimated population of just over 10 crore.

In his speech, the Prime Minister said the Center had made available 11 million vaccines in West Bengal free of charge, in addition to 1,500 ventilators and 9,000 oxygen cylinders.

Modi made no mention of Banerjee’s claim that she had already inaugurated the new CNCI campus in her speech.