NEW DELHI: Prime Minister
on Saturday unveiled an ambitious National Digital Health Mission under which every Indian will get a health ID that will ease access to medical services and also announced that the country has made plans for mass-producing
once scientists give a green signal.
In his Independence Day address from the ramparts of the Red Fort, the prime minister said the health ID will store every individual’s medical records and the Mission will herald a new revolution in the health sector.
“From today, a major campaign is being launched in which technology will play a big role. The National Digital Health Mission is being launched today. This will bring a new revolution in India’s health sector and it will help reduce problems in getting treatment with the help of technology,” he said.
Independence Day 2020: Live Updates“Every Indian will be given a health ID, which will work as each Indian’s health account,” Modi said, adding that it would ease problems faced by citizens in getting healthcare access.
The health ID will contain information about medical data, prescriptions and diagnostic reports and summaries of previous discharge from hospitals for ailments.
The Mission is expected to bring efficiency and transparency in healthcare services in the country.
Modi said the country has prepared a roadmap to ensure that a COVID-19 vaccine reaches everyone in the shortest possible time.
He said three vaccine candidates are in different stages of trials in the country.
The prime minister said whenever there is talk of Covid-19, the question that comes to everyone’s mind is – when will a vaccine be ready.
“I want to tell people, the talent of our scientists is like that of ‘rishi munis’ and they are working very hard in laboratories. Three vaccines are in various stages of testing. When scientists will give us the green signal, it will be produced on a mass scale and all preparations have been made for it,” Modi said while addressing the nation on its 74th Independence Day.
The phase-1 and 2 human clinical trials of two of the vaccine candidates, developed indigenously by
, in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research(ICMR), and Zydus Cadila Ltd, are currently underway.
The Serum Institute of India has been permitted for conducting Phase 2 and 3 human clinical trials of the third vaccine candidate developed by the Oxford University. The Pune-based institute has partnered with
for manufacturing the vaccine.
The prime minister reassured the nation that “we will win” against the coronavirus pandemic and a “strong will” will lead to victory.
Modi said the focus on the health sector has increased during the coronavirus era and the biggest lesson that has been learnt is that of being self-reliant in the health sector.
He said that the country is now producing PPE kits, N95 masks, ventilators, etc. which were not being manufactured domestically.