Covid Has Accelerated Adoption Of Digital Tools: Health Minister
Mansukh Mandaviya, the Union Health Minister, stressed on Friday that the proposed G20 global initiative on digital health will prioritise closing the digital divide and that the COVID-19 pandemic has been a catalyst for growth and expedited the adoption of digital solutions.
According to Mandaviya, who spoke at the Voice of Global South Summit 2023’s session for health ministers, the initiative will bring together scientific expertise, collective best practises, develop digital public health goods, support implementation, and institutionalise the use of digital tools in the delivery of health services with a specific focus on lower middle-income countries (LMICs).
“The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us that we live in an interdependent world and we are all vulnerable when it comes to managing any public health emergency,” the minister said.
The pandemic has brought to light the difficulties that health systems are currently facing and the requirement for a comprehensive reform of the system’s infrastructure, delivery, and pathway for healthcare.
In order to establish stronger, more resilient health systems that can prevent, be ready for, and respond to future health-related difficulties while preserving critical health services, Mr. Mandaviya said it is urgent to concentrate on long-term strategies.
In December, India took over as the G20’s (Group of 20) crucial president.In order to ensure health fairness at the global level, and in particular to the global south, India has prioritised focusing on coordinating ongoing efforts at the global level, mapping health resources, and linking those to the most deserving locations.
The pandemic has made it clear how crucial it is to train the current healthcare workers. He said that by doing this, they will be able to serve the underprivileged people in the global south locally with high-quality, reasonably priced healthcare.
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