Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan participates in the 73rd session of the World Health Organization's Southeast Asia Region through video conferencing, New Delhi. The Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Ashwini Kumar Choubey is also present. (Credit: PIB Delhi)

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan attends the 73rd session of World Health Organization’s Southeast Asia Region

Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan virtually participated in the 73rd session of the World Health Organization’s Southeast Asia Region. Representing India, he first spoke on the crucial mediations that were applied to manage COVID-19 and maintain essential non-COVID health services in India. Later, he highlighted the strategies that are being implemented to ensure increased investments in health and health emergency preparedness and response and the steps taken to prevent future pandemics internationally.

Addressing the dignitaries at the event, Dr. Vardhan offered his deepest condolences for losing lives across the region because of COVID-19. He also expressed heartfelt gratitude to the courageous front line workers of the area. Dr. Vardhan said, “Their collective efforts at the cost of own safety and well-being have helped save lives and shown us determination in caring for all in the face of adversity.”

Dr. Vardhan emphasized the giant leaps India had made under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to secure the lives and livelihood of its citizens from the pandemic. He said that Modi had left no stones unturned to contain and mitigate the virus.

Dr. Vardhan spoke on the National Digital Health Mission’s benefits and elaborated on Modi’s vision. “Health is the most important investment that a country can make for its people.” The mission foresees a digital health ecosystem to ensure the seamless delivery of health services nationwide. 

Dr. Vardhan ended his speech by imploring everyone to invest in health. All of those who had gathered at the event could influence and drive more investment into healthcare.

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