Republic TV, in partnership with Apollo Hospitals, has launched one of the biggest media initiatives on healthcare called the “Future of Health.” Focusing mainly on ‘Health,’ this campaign is an initiative which will help in creating a road map to UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The first ever thought leadership media initiative in the country because the future of health is the future of India.
Promoting the well-being which is essential for the sustainable development of the country, Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of Republic TV, Arnab Goswami, Executive Vice Chairperson- Apollo Group, Preetha Reddy deliberate about the need for healthy population. They also talk about how India is the 45th among 195 countries in terms of quality and accessibility of healthcare leaving behind countries like Bangladesh and Bhutan.
“I really think that today the government has really been daring enough to address the fact that the country needs universal healthcare. Healthcare has to be accessible, it has to be accountable.” - Dr. Preetha Reddy
One of the UN’s sustainable goals by 2030 is to stop preventable deaths of newborns. Mr. Arnab Goswami sheds some light on severe issues like high rates of infant mortality, 61% deaths attributed to non-communicable diseases, 7000 people being plunged into poverty every hour due to health care issues and how public-private partnership can be used effectively to tackle these issues.
After the discussion, the stage was set for a special sand art performance by Nitesh Jha who gave out the message of importance of healthcare in India followed by a special message from Amitabh Kant (CEO – Niti Aayog).
“I am delighted that there is a focus by Republic TV on Future of Health, this is a very very critical area for India. If India must grow at high rates of 9%-10%, India has to make a radical transformation in health. The present government of PM Modi has laid a major emphasis on health. It has launched the Ayushmaan Bharat Scheme which implies that we have linked close to 150,000 primary healthcare centers to the district hospitals.” - Amitabh Kant (CEO – Niti Aayog).
The stage was then opened for a panel discussion, where panelists discussed about accessibility, affordability and quality of healthcare in India. They addressed the challenges and issues faced by the citizens in this sector and shared their opinions over possible solutions.
The panel comprised of Dr. Anupam Sibal (Group Medical Director & Sr. Pediatric Gastroenterologist – Apollo Hospitals), Chandrakant Lahariya (Technical Officer – Healthcare, Access & Protection, WHO), Raj Ghosh (Deputy Director – India Vaccine Delivery Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), Dr. Bilali Camara (Country Director – UNAIDS), Dr. Anil Goyal (Honorary Joint Secretary – IMA), Dr. B.K. Rana (Founding CEO – Quality & Accreditation Institute, Former Director – NABH) and the whole event was moderated by Deepti Sachdeva (Sr. Editor – Republic TV).
The anchor then opened the floor for questions to the panelists, where the medical students who attended the discussion showed great curiosity and involvement in understanding the importance of a Healthy India.
Talking about the future of Health, remember this is just the beginning. Republic TV and Apollo Hospitals will take this conversation forward. Stay tuned for more such panel discussions about the Future of Health in India.