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Union Budget 2023: 7 crore people below 40 to be screened for sickle cell anemia, says Mansukh Mandaviya

Union Health Minister says country shall be free from this disease when it is celebrating 100 years of independence

Written by  Jasleen Kaur -- February 01st 2023 07:18 PM -- Updated: February 01st 2023 07:34 PM
Union Budget 2023: 7 crore people below 40 to be screened for sickle cell anemia, says Mansukh Mandaviya

Union Budget 2023: 7 crore people below 40 to be screened for sickle cell anemia, says Mansukh Mandaviya

New Delhi, February 1: Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Wednesday termed the Union Budget 2023 a step towards achieving Amrit Kaal vision. He said the Union Budget 2023 promised to free the country from sickle cell anaemia when India was celebrating 100 years of its independence. 

"An important announcement was made in this Union Budget 2023 for the Ministry of Health. A government laboratory will be opened for those doing research in the health sector. The country should be free from sickle cell anaemia when it will be celebrating its 100 years of independence," Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said.

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"Sickle cell anemia is a major disease among the tribal population. Seven crore people below the age group of 40 years will be screened for this disease," Mandaviya added.

The Union Health Minister Mandivya further said 157 medical colleges had been opened across the country since 2014.

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, during her Budget speech in Parliament, said the Central Government aimed at eliminating sickle cell anaemia by 2047, and a mission would soon be launched in this regard.

The mission would create awareness among the common people with universal screening of seven crore people in 0-40 age group in the tribal areas and counselling through collaborative efforts of central ministries and state governments.

Speaking on medical research, she said facilities in select ICMR labs would be made available for research by public and private medical college faculty and private sector research and development teams for encouraging collaborative research and innovation.

Dwelling on the subject of pharma innovation, the Finance Minister said a new programme to promote research and innovation in pharmaceuticals would be taken up through centres of excellence.

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She said the government would also encourage industry to invest in research and development in specific priority areas. She also announced that 157 new nursing colleges would be set up across the country to give a boost to the health sector.

The Finance Minister also announced that under the PM Kaushal Vikaas Yoajna 4.0, industry partnership, and alignment of courses with the needs of the industry would be emphasised. The scheme would also cover new age courses for industry 4.0 such as coding, AI, robotics, mechatronics IoT, 3D printing drones and other soft skills to skill the youth for international opportunities.

At least 30 Skill India International Centres would be set up across different states for the purpose, said the Finance minister.

Sitharaman said the Centre would recruit 38,000 teachers and support staff for 740 model Eklavya Model Residential Schools serving 3.4 lakh tribal students. She also focussed on the training of teachers and said teachers' training would be re-envisioned through innovative pedagogy, curriculum transaction, continuous professional development, dipstick survey and iCT implementation. 



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