New Delhi: Union Health Minister J P Nadda on Sunday urged family medicine practitioners in the country to come up with solutions for improving preventive and promotive healthcare in the country.
Family medicine practitioners are the doctors who treat patients at primary and secondary levels.
“Family medicine practitioners can play a primary role in preventive and promotive healthcare and especially in the rural and peri-urban areas where a substantial portion of the population resides,” Nadda said at the second National Conference of Family Medicine and Primary Care being organised here by the Academy of Family Physicians of India.
The health minister said that reaching out to a vast population in a country like India requires arrangements of mid-level care providers in the rural areas.
“My ministry is working in consultation with IMA and MCI for provision of rural healthcare providers like trained AYUSH Doctors, Nurses, BSc in Community Health, etc,” he said.
“The out of pocket expenses incurred by a large section of population still remains high. Tackling this burden of non-communicable diseases and high out-of-pocket expenses requires focus on preventive and promotive care at primary level and secondary level,” the minister added.
According to the health ministry, non-communicable diseases account for 60 percent of mortality in India.