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To set up clinics, medical colleges govt could provide public facilities to private sector
Minister of State for Development of NE Region and Minister of State for Prime Minister Office, Jitendra Singh said the government could provide public facilities and other support to the private sector for setting up clinics, medical schools, medical colleges and diagnostic facilities in order to supplement the efforts of the government in providing healthcare services.
Addressing 'FICCI HEAL 2015', the annual flagship healthcare conference of FICCI on the theme, 'India's Healthcare: Time for Paradigm Shift' organized in association with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Jitendra Singh said that the Prime Minister's call for 'Make in India' should also focus on 'Make in India Strategies for Indian healthcare', aimed at management of diseases in the country. He added that there was a need for prioritization in healthcare delivery.

Referring to the gap in healthcare services delivery in urban and rural areas, the minister, according to a FICCI's release, stated that there was a need of providing affordable health services to 600 million people in the rural areas. Rural areas largely remain without quality healthcare and lack equipment, and this issue merits attention immediately, he added.

On the occasion, the Minister along with other dignitaries released two papers, namely, FICCI-KPMG Thematic Paper on 'Healthcare: The Neglected GDP Driver' and FICCI-IMS 'Health Knowledge Paper on 'Raising Capital in Healthcare'.

Speaking at the event Pankaj Patel, Vice President, FICCI & CMD, Zydus Cadila Healthcare Ltd., said that the national movement for 'Swachh Bharat' can be viewed as 'Swastha Bharat', as it comprises a series of public health initiatives.

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