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Thursday, March 16, 2017

2017 National Health Policy - All You Need To Know

Union Health Minister JP Nadda on Thursday March 16,2017 said the National Health Policy 2017, would aim at ensuring affordable healthcare services for all at all ages and proposes free diagnostics and drugs at all public hospitals.
Features of the policy that aims to transform healthcare in India:
  • The revolutionary policy aims for attainment of highest possible level of health and well-being for every citizen through a preventive and promotive healthcare orientation.
  • It seeks to provide and deliver healthcare services, particularly to underprivileged and socially vulnerable groups of people in the country.
  • Under the policy, every family will have a health card for access to primary care facility as well as to defined package of services nationwide.
  • Health and hygiene to become part of school curriculum - Yoga would be introduced much more widely in schools and work places as part of promotion of good health.
  • The policy aims at increasing life expectancy to 70 years from 67.5 and reduce fertility rate to 2.1 by 2025.
  • Reducing premature mortality from cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes or chronic respiratory diseases by 25% by 2025 is also one of its targets.
  • The policy seeks to achieve '90:90:90' global target by 2020 - implying that 90% of all people living with HIV know their HIV status, 90% of those diagnosed with HIV infection receive sustained antiretroviral therapy and 90% of those receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression

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