Traditional health system for grassroot : Pitroda

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Traditional health system for grassroot : Pitroda
New Delhi, Nov 5: Mr Sam Pitroda, Chairman of the National Knowledge Commission, Government of India, said on Thursday, Nov 5, that the key to overcome health care problems at the grassroots is to adopt traditional method of health care system.

Stating that the western method of health care is confined only to the privilege class, Pitroda suggested setting up of health care facilities at the state, particulary at the district level to make the health facilities accessible for people at the grassroots.

"If we do not have a plan ready for the state and district levels, we can expect little success in this regard,"he said.

Assuring the government's support, Pitroda said that the government is willing to collaborate provided there is comprehensive approach to make health care facilities available to the grassroot levels at affordable prices.

Issues such as healthcare communication and healthcare education, and research facilities related to health also figured in his keynote address at the two-day 6th India Health Summit 'Taking Quality Healthcare to the Masses" organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

The summit was also addressed by Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII, Mr Tejpal Chopra, Co-chairman of the 6th Health Summit and Dr Prathap C Reddy, chairman of the CII National Committee on Healthcare, and chairman of the Apollo Hospitals Group, all of whom reiterated Pitrodi's view of accelerating access to health care facilities at the grassroots.

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