Emphasising the need for holistic and preventive healthcare, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that time has come to think about wellness rather than illness.
“The time has passed for (only) addressing (the issue of) illness, (rather) time has come to address wellness…. We will have to move ahead with a comprehensive thought, in which we should address wellness and well-being and not only illness,” he said.
Modi was addressing students at the 34th convocation of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh.
The Prime Minister said that there was consciousness among the people about holistic and preventive health care.
The world is asking for something more from medical science, he said, noting, “It has begun to think about good health than depending on (the use of) medicines.”
“There is a big change coming in the society as it wants freedom from medicines. A person does not want side effects (of medicines), he wants to prevent himself from illness,” he said.
Modi said that practising yoga was a step towards the preventive and holistic healthcare and wellness.
The policies and strategies of the health sector are being made keeping in mind such issues, he said.