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India Shines at G20 Health Meet with Healthcare Excellence Commitment

In a keynote address at the G20 Health Minister’s Meeting, Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers, highlighted India’s unwavering dedication to healthcare and pharmaceutical excellence. Proudly acknowledging India’s pivotal role as a global pharmaceutical hub, he underscored the country’s contribution to providing affordable, high-quality drugs, supplying 60% of the world’s vaccine needs and 20-22% of generic exports.

Dr. Mandaviya emphasized India’s commitment to transitioning from volume-based healthcare to a value-based leadership model. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India is determined to drive transformative change in the healthcare sector, with a focus on research and development. He announced India’s imminent introduction of a national policy to promote innovation in the pharmaceutical and medical device sectors.

Calling for global collaboration, Dr. Mandaviya stated that collective strength has the potential to elevate these sectors to unprecedented heights. He reaffirmed healthcare as a mission aligned with India’s commitment to providing top-quality healthcare to all citizens.

The opening remarks by Mr. Budi G Sadikin, Minister of Health for Indonesia, and Dr. Ernst Kuipers, Minister of the Netherlands, applauded India’s contributions to global health and emphasized the need for international collaboration. Dr. Kuipers particularly highlighted the role of Indian medicines in saving lives worldwide.

Dr. Mandaviya’s bilateral meeting with the Indonesian Health Minister explored opportunities for cooperation in the health sector. Ms. S Aparna, Secretary, Department of Pharmaceuticals, stressed the importance of global collaboration and lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, emphasizing that responses to health emergencies require long-term development and investment.

Furthermore, Dr. Mandaviya led a delegation of G20 delegates and ministers to a Jan Aushadhi Kendra, showcasing India’s success in providing accessible, affordable, and quality medicines. Mr. Budi Gunadi Sadikin praised India’s Jan Aushadhi Kendra model as the world’s best, emphasizing its impact on providing quality healthcare to the people of Indonesia.

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