Private sector health facilities have to supplement governmental efforts in achieving health outcomes: Vice President

New Delhi
February 14, 2018

Childhood malnutrition continues to be a serious public health concern and a development challenge

New National Health Protection Scheme can potentially make a huge difference

Inaugurates State-of-the-art Rainbow Children’s Hospital

The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that the health outcomes cannot be achieved by the government institutions alone and the private sector health facilities have to supplement governmental efforts. He was addressing the gathering after inaugurating the State-of-the-art Rainbow Children’s Hospital, here today. The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri J.P. Nadda and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.

The Vice President said that the childhood malnutrition continues to be a serious public health concern and a development challenge in India. He further said that with under five mortality rate in India at 43 per 1,000 live births, Infant Mortality Rate at 34 per 1,000 live births and Neonatal Mortality Rates at 25 per 1,000 live births, it is estimated that 10.8 lakh under five children die annually. The major causes of child mortality in India include prematurity and low birth weight, pneumonia and diarrheal diseases, among others, he added.

The Vice President said that there has to be a greater health awareness and health-seeking behavior among people. The new National Health Protection Scheme can potentially make a huge difference in the lives of the poor impacting both their physical as well as economic well being, he added.

The Vice President said that while there is a need for setting up more specialized children’s hospitals, the private sector must ensure that the treatment provided by them is not only accessible but also affordable. He further said that the Vedic rishis had prayed for a world free

from disease - Sarve Santu Niraamayaa. In order to create a healthier India, we need the active participation of the private sector and philanthropists, he added.

The Vice President congratulated Dr. Ramesh Kancharla and his partners for starting Rainbow Hospitals exclusively for children with state-of-the-art treatment facilities in New Delhi. He expressed hope that Rainbow Children’s Hospital will continue its noble mission of providing specialized care to children and contribute to the larger national mission of ensuring all infants survive and thrive, growing up into healthy, active citizens of new India we all aspiring for.

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