Union minister J P Nadda today said the legislature is endeavouring hard to offer reasonable and quality healthcare administrations to all and resolved to raise the spending on human services to 2.5 percent of the GDP in a staged way.

“The 2002 policy was very disease-specific. It focused on the urgent issues of the time, rather than the important issues. Whereas, the 2017 policy is preventive and primitive in its approach. With it, we will focus on early detection, and early defence against diseases,” he said while inaugurating the SYMHEALTH 2017 international conference on healthcare here.

Nadda said “Need of the hour is holistic, inter-disciplinary coordination with a focus on geriatric, palliative and rehabilitative care,” he added further.

He was talking at the diamond jubilee celebration festivity of Family Welfare Training and Research Center here. Nadda said the government has reported the National Health Policy 2017 following a hole of 15 years and is resolved to expand the spending on medicinal services to 2.5 percent of the GDP in a staged way.

“The ongoing efforts of the government aim to promote and understand the quality of care and develop innovative solutions to long-standing challenges in the health system of the country to align with sustainable development goals and to ensure good health and well-being of the country,” he added.

He said that health is an important component of the sustainable development goals and is represented by SDG-3- ‘Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages’.

The minister said, “The rate of decline of our under-five mortalities has more than doubled from 3.3 percent in 1990-2008 to 6.9 percent in 2008-2014.”

About tuberculosis, the minister said, “Our TB incidence has reduced to 2,172 lakhs in 2015 compared to 300 lakhs in 1990. There is also a reduction in maternal mortality rate, reduction in incidents of malaria and new HIV infections.”

Close to 1,300 delegates are attending the three-day event, organised by the Faculty of Health and Biomedical Sciences at Symbiosis International University.