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Thursday, March 16, 2017

NDA Govt Cabinet Approves National Health Policy Wednesday March 15,2017

The NDA Government Wednesday March 15,2017 approved the National Health Policy which proposes to provide "assured health services to all" in the country.

It is to be noted that the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave its nod to the policy which has been pending for the last two years.

A final decision on the policy had been deferred earlier after it was included in the agenda of the Union Cabinet twice before.

The proposed National Health Policy, which has been pending for the past two years, aims to provide assured health services to people as an "entitlement".

The National Health Policy would aim at increasing life expectancy to 70 years from 67.5 and reduce fertility rate to 2.1 by 2025 and proposes free diagnostics and drugs at all public hospitals, Health Minister J.P. Nadda informed Lok Sabha on Thursday March 16,2017

Making a statement in the House a day after the Union Cabinet approved the policy, he said it seeks to move healthcare away from sick care to wellness, with a thrust on prevention and health promotion.
Yoga would be introduced much more widely in schools and work places as part of promotion of good health, he said.
As a crucial component, the policy proposes raising public health expenditure to 2.5% of the GDP in a time bound manner from way below 2% GDP expenditure on the sector at present.
Mr. Nadda said the policy aimed at reducing Under-Five Mortality to 23 by 2025 and Maternal Mortality Rate to 100 by 2020. It targets reducing infant mortality rate to 28 by 2019 and neo-natal mortality to 16 and still-birth rate to single digit by 2025.
The policy also seeks to achieve and maintain elimination of leprosy by 2018, kala-azar by 2017 and lymphatic filariasis in endemic pockets by 2017

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