There's lot to done for healthcare, says VP

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu said the country was currently in a "transformational phase" with expansion of basic services such as healthcare.

A visit to primary healthcare centres or super specialty hospitals like JIPMER and the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) would indicate there is so much that needs to be done, he said.

"Our country is in a transformational phase. We are focusing more and more on expanding basic services including the healthcare to all our citizens, We are seeking to actively forge public private partnerships to accelerate progress," he said.

Addressing graduates of the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) at its ninth annual convocation, he said, "the healthcare needs of our vast and diverse population are huge."

For quality healthcare to become affordable to many segments of the population, the Centre recently initiated the 'Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana', he said.

Effective implementation of the programme can change the healthcare scenario in the country, he said.