Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has thanked Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates for his lauding the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission launch and said India is working to leverage technology for the betterment of health infrastructure.
PM Modi launched the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission through video conferencing on September 27. Under the mission, every Indian will get a unique health ID that will also work as health account to which personal health records can be linked.
Bill Gates said in a tweet that this digital health initiative would help India achieve its health goals.
"Congratulations, Narendra Modi, on the national launch of Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission. This digital health infrastructure will help ensure equitable, accessible healthcare delivery and accelerate progress on India's health goals," Gates said.
Replying to Gates' tweet, Prime Minister Modi said: "Thank you, Bill Gates
for the kind words on the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission. There is immense scope in leveraging technology for the betterment of health infrastructure and India is working hard in this direction."
The Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission will create interoperability within the digital health ecosystem, similar to the role played by the Unified Payments Interface in revolutionising payments. Citizens will only be a click away from accessing healthcare facilities.
PM Modi on September 30 stated that the skilled manpower associated with the healthcare sector has a direct impact on the efficiency of healthcare services. This was realised more during the COVID pandemic.
He also informed that India has administered over 88 crore doses of the COVID-19 vaccine so far. "Impact of skilled manpower associated with the health sector is seen in health services. Its importance was felt more during the pandemic. As a result of which, the Centre started and is continuing a free vaccination program. Today, India administered over 88 crores of vaccine," the Prime Minister said while laying the foundation stone of medical colleges in Banswara, Sirohi, Hanumangarh and Dausa districts of Rajasthan.