Project Hope in collaboration with Takeda Pharmaceutical organized a National Consultation on “Optimizing the skills of Health workforce to tackle NCDs (non-communicable diseases) in India” –aimed at providing a platform for discussion of the most recent innovations, promising practices, trends, challenges and solutions to the field.
The Consultation drew experts from Government sector, corporate, Health, Civil society, Academia, International donor agencies, to discuss on the issue, Bureaucracy Today has learnt.
The Regional Director for Project HOPE South-East Asia, Laxmikant Palo, said: “The public and private sectors need to invest more for continuous improvement of the skills of the health workforce to effectively respond to the growing burden of NCDs in India.”
It may be mentioned here that NCDs account for 60 percent of deaths in India each year. WHO reports that cardiovascular diseases, cancers, respiratory diseases, and diabetes constitute 82 percent of the global NCD deaths.
Chairman, Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Medanta, Ambrish Mithal, called out for the need for a thrust in public-private partnership to address NCDs.
He stressed on skill enhancement of the health workforce and to increase the use of technology for prevention and management of disease, and for people to bring about behavioral changes in lifestyle.
Present at the Consultation, Jitendra Singh, Minister of State (IC) for the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, has pointed the sudden upsurge of NCDs in the past.
The Minister said, “There is great mismatch between the health delivery system in the rural and urban area. This needs to be addressed by a meaningful public-private partnership to ensure effective, affordable and uniform healthcare.”