Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday unveiled an ambitious National Digital Health Mission under which every Indian will get a health ID that will ease access to medical services and also announced that the country plans to produce COVID-19 vaccines on a mass scale once scientists give a green signal.
In his Independence Day address, Modi said the health ID will store every individual''s medical records and the mission will herald a new revolution in the health sector.
"From today, a major campaign is being launched in which technology will play a big role. The National Digital Health Mission is being launched today. This will bring a new revolution in India''s health sector and it will help reduce problems in getting treatment with the help of technology," he said.
"Every Indian will be given a health ID, which will work as each Indian''s health account," Modi said, adding that it would ease problems faced by citizens in getting healthcare access.
The health mission was rolled out on a pilot mode in six union territories - Chandigarh, Ladakh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, Puducherry, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep.
The National Health Authority (NHA), the apex central government agency responsible for the implementation of Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, has been given the mandate by the government to design, build, roll-out and implement the mission in the country.
The health ID will contain information about medical data, prescriptions and diagnostic reports and summaries of previous discharge from hospitals for ailments. The mission is expected to bring efficiency and transparency in healthcare services in the country.
Modi also asserted that the "indomitable will power and determination of 130 crore countrymen will make us win over corona".
He also said the country has prepared a roadmap to ensure that a COVID-19 vaccine reaches everyone in the shortest possible time.
He said three vaccine candidates are in different stages of trials in the country.
The prime minister said whenever there is talk of COVID-19, the question that comes to everyone''s mind is - when will a vaccine be ready.
"I want to tell people, the talent of our scientists is like that of ''rishi munis'' and they are working very hard in laboratories. Three vaccines are in various stages of testing. When scientists will give us the green signal, it will be produced on a mass scale and all preparations have been made for it," Modi said in address.