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Modi pitches for health assurance for all at hospital launch

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said health should be a one-point agenda for all political parties in India and the journey from health insurance to health assurance has to be achieved. Modi was speaking at the launch of the revamped HN Reliance Foundation Hospital in south Mumbai.

Modi emphasized the need for preventive care and insisted that the consciousness and facilities that are required for that can be improved.  He argued that clean drinking water is important for sound health. “The need of the hour is preventive health care to reduce the outbreak of diseases and boost the quality of health in the country,” he said.

The Prime Minister said that tele-medicine should be integrated for the benefit of people living far away is extremely important. “If the 98-year-old city hospital can be revamped Bharat can be revamped too. Poor face immense difficulties. If a poor person falls ill the entire family can starve,” he noted.

Modi observed that medical science is evolving and its pace further increase in future, and mentioned that India should produce its own medical equipment since the cost of such equipment is only going to shoot up.

“I do not say no governments did anything. All governments did work. Our efforts are to take India ahead and we have to work together,” he added.

Modi emphasized the importance of clean drinking water for good health care. He praised Madhya Pradesh government’s effort to start programme encouraging children to wash their hands.

Uddhav skips launch of city hospital by Modi

Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray skipped the inauguration of the newly renovated and expanded 90-year-old Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital in south Mumbai by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Sources confirmed that Uddhav had invited for the function which was attended by who’s who of the business community, Bollywood stars and leaders from different political parties. Uddhav had led a scathing attack against Modi and BJP for playing divisive politics during assembly poll campaign.

Shiv Sena MP Vinayak Raut informed that Modi’s function was not political and no one cannot expect discussion on politics there.  He said Shiv Sena MPs will attend dinner organised by Modi on Sunday in New Delhi. However, he added that there has been no decision on Uddhav attending the same dinner.

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