India has recognized digital well being as one in all its prime priorities and has gained wonderful experience in growing and implementing digital well being programmes, stated UNICEF India’s chief of well being Luigi d’Aquino on Tuesday.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made the world realise the potential of digital providers in enhancing the supply, accessibility and effectivity of many well being programmes, via varied purposes and initiatives, d’Aquino, who’s attending the second G20 Well being Working Group assembly, instructed PTI.
In response to him, whereas appreciable progress has been made, the digital well being house is evolving quick and lots of challenges and alternatives must be explored and addressed. However, the evolving instruments, imaginative and prescient, and methods have made it simpler for residents to entry digital well being providers, he stated.
“For example, the CoWin app has enabled hundreds of thousands of individuals to entry COVID-19 vaccines whereas telemedicine has offered important care to many voters when entry to healthcare amenities was constrained as a result of coronavirus pandemic,” d’Aquino stated.
“At UNICEF, we prioritise kids’s rights, together with the elemental rights to life, well being and growth. Due to this fact, we actively help and promote digital well being initiatives that may help healthcare staff similar to ASHA, ANMs, and nurses,” UNICEF India’s chief of well being stated.
To that finish, UNICEF is working with the Ministry of Well being and Household Welfare to reconceptualize the Reproductive and Little one Well being Portal. This may allow healthcare staff to offer real-time knowledge about ladies and kids which may affect planning, decision-making and monitoring of probably the most marginalized or at-risk inhabitants and enhance well being outcomes for youngsters, d’Aquino confused.
“We additionally work with varied states of India to conceptualise, implement, monitor and scale up digital well being options that may improve entry to wholesome behaviours, practices and providers,” he added.
The second assembly of the G20 well being working group goals to leverage the advocacy energy of the discussion board for consolidation of all the present initiatives in well being emergencies, prevention and preparedness. Other than India, delegates from 19 G20 member states, 10 international locations and 22 worldwide organisations are taking part within the assembly.