Vice President Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said that the private sector must ensure that the treatment provided by them is not only accessible but also affordable.
Speaking after inaugurating Rainbow Children’s Hospital in Chennai, Venkaiah Naidu hoped that the hospital would provide specialized but affordable care to children and contribute to the larger national mission of ensuring all infants survive, thrive and grow up into healthy active citizens of the New India.
He urged private sector to focus on setting up health care facilities in rural areas and partner with the government to make healthcare accessible to the common man.
“The private sector should not concentrate on urban areas alone and must set up healthcare facilities in rural areas as part of the CSR (corporate social responsibility) activities”, he said.
He said infant and neonatal care in India has improved and called for reducing their mortality rates further. Naidu said, the Union Government’s initiative to provide medical insurance to ten crore needy families under the Ayushman Bharat scheme would improve maternal and child health indicators.
He added, the Government’s proposal to establish 1.5 lakh Health and Wellness Centres across the country would also help to improve the health indices. Naidu said, it is crucial for any developing nation like India to provide a healthy and happy childhood for its children.
He said the doctors, who get posted, after working for some time, should also work in rural areas before getting their first promotion. “Only after serving in rural areas, they should get the first promotion. This should be mandatory”, Venkaiah said.