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Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh's address at Wellness India 2017 expo
Speaking at the inaugural session of a three-day "Wellness India 2017 Expo" in New Delhi on Tuesday, Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh observed that "wellness" is not mere absence of disease, but a much more wholesome concept or state of existence, which may sometimes not thrive despite the absence of disease or, on the contrary, may sometimes survive despite the presence of disease, stated an official release.

He was of the view that a number of individuals who did not have any disease but suffered from lack of physical or mental well-being which compromised their output and performance thus not allowing them to achieve the best of their potential.

There could be instances where a patient suffering from even a life threatening disease, possesses such high levels of physical and mental well-being that he is able to contribute positively to the society, in spite of his compromised potential, release stated him saying.

Singh said that India, with more than 70 per cent of population below 40 years of age, cannot afford to allow its youth energy and youth power getting drained out through diabetes, heart disease or other metabolic diseases afflicting at a younger age.

Appreciating the three different parts, namely health, biotech and organic, the Minister made the following points:

-Despite the credit and satisfaction for having overcome the communicable diseases, however the management of non-communicable diseases is prolonged and involves both social support as well as economic sustenance.

-The government alone cannot do enough and therefore, other stakeholders including the social agencies and the civil society in general will have to take up the responsibility.

- Prevention, therefore, will have to be the keynote of any successful future health strategy for the 21st century India, he added

I personally think that these days the lifestyle diseases are on the increase due to market driven forces which contribute to illness and pre-mature deaths among young Indians.

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