Government Aiming to Enhance Health Sector’s Self-sufficiency: Mandaviya

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Following the official opening of the five new facilities at the Indian Council of Medical Research – National Institute of Malaria Research (ICMR-NIMR) here on Thursday, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya stated that the Central government is striving to fully develop and become self-reliant in the country’s health sector.
“Research and innovation are the twin engines that will propel our global competitiveness and build a strong health research environment. The idea of “Jai Anusandhan” (hail innovation) is crucial to the effort to make India self-sufficient, he stated.

The minister emphasized the need for top-notch laboratories to combat the emergence of new COVID variations and stated that the Center’s goal is to position India as a leader in scientific evidence-based medicine and health.

He challenged the nation’s scientists, inventors, and other technologists working on health-related new technologies to apply their fresh perspectives, ideas, inventions, and technological know-how to realize the vision of a “New India.”

“With ICMR’s support, India provided COVID-19 vaccines, diagnostic kits, and personal protective equipment (PPE) to over 110 countries, reflecting the nation’s commitment to global health and solidarity,” Mandaviya said, highlighting the organization’s history and its influence on the development of medical research in India.

Additionally, he praised ICMR-NIMR for spearheading Indian scientific efforts to combat malaria.

The minister stated, “Building up the institute’s infrastructure is a step towards moving towards malaria elimination in the country by 2030.”

In addition, he emphasized the necessity of working together to eradicate not only malaria but also other illnesses spread by vectors, such as dengue, Japanese encephalitis, chikungunya, and filariasis.

“This inauguration is indicative of the government’s focus on research and innovation in every field of health,” Mandaviya continued.

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