Vice president M Venkaiah Naidu on April 18 said that there is a need to create health schemes that provide widest coverage to the young, aged and infirm, and those suffering from both critical acute and chronic ailments.

Naidu was addressing a gathering after launching Atal Amrit Abhiyan by the Assam government in Guwahati.

The health scheme seeks to provide access to medical care to 3.2 crore people.

The vice president called on the private sector to supplement the efforts of the government in a big way in reaching out medical care to the people in rural areas.  He further said that quality of health services should be good enough to improve the health of those receiving services.

“People should be protected against financial-risk, ensuring that the cost of using services does not put people at risk of financial harm,” he added.

Naidu said modern day lifestyle is leading to various non-communicable diseases and said that efforts are needed to arrest the growing incidence of such disease which is affecting even the young.

“There has to be concerted efforts from all stakeholders in healthcare to raise awareness among the people on the dangers of leading sedentary lifestyles, eating junk food, harmful use of alcohol and tobacco,” he added.

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Naidu who was on a three-day visit to the Northeast also stressed on the need to change school curriculum include lessons on NCDs and physical exercises should be made mandatory for school and college students. “Wherever possible, ‘yoga asanas’ should also be taught to children,” he added.

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