Feb 9: The announcements made for the healthcare sector in India by the Union Finance Minister in his budget recommendations have come in for some hearty praise by the Medical Technology Association of India. In his Union Budget for 2019-20, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal had, among other recommendations and allocations, stressed on the need to provide affordable health care to the poor.
The Medical Technology Association of India said that the government’s move to provide affordable health care to the poor is laudable. The government has been providing cheaper drugs through Jan Aushadhi stores.
Goyal had also suggested that the government plans to launch a national programme on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and will set up a national AI portal for the purpose.
Pavan Choudary, Chairman & Director General, MTaI, said that by bringing health and AI together on the agenda, the government has set a very progressive human resource tone. The national programme on AI should be unfolded by co-opting knowledgeable stakeholders from the nine domains that are being targeted.
Goyal had also announced that a new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS) will be set up in Haryana shortly. Out of the 21 AIIMS that have been established or operating in country, 14 have been sanctioned since 2014.
The Medical Technology Association of India applauded the government’s effort to boost the medical devices sector. “The AIIMS announced in Haryana is welcome. All the AIIMS in the making, including this one, should be monitored for speedy commissioning. The commitment to pursue progress in medical devices as almost a mission is heartening and is reflective of this government’s understanding that this sector is of keystone importance,” it stated.