President of India, Ram Nath Kovind said that the goal of ‘Health for All’ must be integral to our programmes and policies. He noted the several initiatives of the Government of India, which he said were intended to make healthcare in the country more holistic and affordable for all citizens of the country.
He inaugurated the 12th Global Healthcare Summit organized by the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin in Mumbai today. Speaking on the occasion, the President acknowledged the professionalism and excellent reputation of doctors of Indian origin in the US. He said India and the US shared complementarities in the pharmaceutical field – in clinical research, drug discovery and manufacture. He said that both countries can work together to address common challenges posed by lifestyle diseases.
He said that both the countries can also work hand-in-hand in seeking answers to global pandemics and emerging zoonotic diseases. These are world-wide challenges and do not stop at national boundaries. Another shared challenge is that of life-style diseases – such as diabetes and obesity – being a serious public health issue both in India and the US.
The prevention and management of life-style diseases offers scope for cooperation, including by bringing traditional Indian wellness practices to modern medical systems. Please see what your Association can do in this area, he added.
Earlier in the day, the President addressed The Yoga Institute, Mumbai, which is celebrating its centenary. The President said that Yoga belongs to entire humanity and should not be associated with a specific community. Yoga is a means to living a healthy life. The President said that due to the initiatives taken by India, the global community is showing enhanced interest in Yoga. He said that Yoga is an extremely important example of India’s soft power.