Taking ahead from his digital media campaign, prime minister Narendra Modi stressed on the need of upgradation in medical science and telemedicine in the country during the inauguration of the recently refurbished Sir Harkisondas Nurrotamdas Reliance Foundation hospital in South Mumbai Saturday evening.
“When our country is compared to other countries, the health care system in our country shames us,” Modi said. He added, “Instead of focusing on treatment of patients, the health care system must focus on preventive care. It takes less to invest in preventive care than in treatment.”
While addressing several Bollywood stars and political dignitaries, including Maharashtra governor Vidyasagr Rao, present at Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital’s inauguration, Modi emphasized on the urgent need to inculcate habit of hand washing as a preventive measure in the health care system. “The women and child mortality is still alarming in the country,” he said, adding that he read that 40 per cent child death in Pakistan is caused due to absence of hand-washing. “The roots of both the countries are the same and the situation is not very different in India,” Modi said.
After the launch of ‘Make in India’ campaign, Modi now encouraged the concept of foreign direct investment in the country’s health care system adding that telemedicine will benefit rural areas where expert knowledge can be used to conduct emergency surgeries. He also indicated that the Digital India campaign will be used to improve the telemedicine services in the country.
“It is not possible to bring sophisticated technology in general hospitals. FDI should be encouraged in bringing about medical equipment for benefitting rural areas,” he added.
Modi inaugurated almost 90-year-old heritage hospital located in the area of Khetwadi in South Mumbai. The hospital was refurbished by Reliance Foundation which joined the management of the hospital in 1997.