India focuses on emergency preparedness during G20 Presidency
Indian Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr Mansukh Mandaviya said that during its G20 Presidency, India will focus on health emergencies prevention preparedness and response through One Health and AMR.
"India's G20 Presidency health priorities will be focused on - health emergencies prevention preparedness and response," said Mandaviya.
Using a One Health approach, it helps design, implement and monitor programmes, policies and research on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) surveillance to provide evidence and advance inter-sectoral collaboration between public health, animal and environmental health sectors to achieve better public health outcomes.
The Minister also emphasized upon strengthening cooperation in the pharmaceutical sector by creating a permanent medical countermeasure platform and ensuring the availability of safe, quality and affordable diagnostic vaccines and therapeutics.
India is known as the Pharmacy of the World. India will be able to utilize the Agenda to promote distributed manufacturing of vaccines, drugs, and diagnostics globally so as to manage future health emergencies.
Presently, Medical Countermeasures availability is being linked to national security and India can ensure playing a proactive role in ensuring health security for Global South & LMICs.