New Delhi, Nov 23: To expand the promotive and preventive health care, and reduce the burden of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in the country, the Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, J P Nadda has urged the family medicine practitioners to come up with solutions for further improving preventive and promotive health care in the country.
Addressing the second National Conference on Family Medicine and Primary Care being organized by the Academy of Family Physicians of India, here on Sunday,
Nadda said that the theme of the conference “Health Care is Primary” is quite relevant in the context of health care needs of the present time.
The Health Minister noted that at a time when the country is facing the twin burden of diseases, NCDs account for over 60% mortality.
He also stated that the out of pocket expenses incurred by a large section of population still remain high. Tackling this burden of NCDs and high out of pocket expenses requires focus on preventive and promotive care at primary level and secondary level, the Health Minister stressed.
Nadda highlighted the role played by the National Health Mission, through its systems approach and strengthening of rural infrastructure, in catering to the healthcare needs of the people of the country.