"The subject of non-communicable diseases marks the march of India from one era of disease spectrum to another era. Currently, NCDs in India are facing challenges in terms of economic, social, cultural and lifestyle aspects," Singh said.
"The present government is very sensitive to the economic and lifestyle aspects and the Ayushman Bharat programme announced by the government will benefit 10 crore families with a insurance cover of Rs 5 Lakh each," he added.
"The government has also started the process of setting up wellness clinics all over the country and free dialysis unit in each of the hospitals, especially at district level," the minister, whoc is also a diabetologist, said.
While highlighting the constraints faced by the rural population in accessing healthcare facilities, Singh said that "in India, the urban patient is over-treated, while the rural patient in under-treated."
He said that India needs to create a synergy between different healthcare options such as ayurveda, allopathy and naturopathy to prevent these options from "overlapping each other".
"If you are able to create the synergy among the different options, then that would create the real hope," Singh said.
"Project Hope is working in partnership with government and key stakeholders to respond to the growing burden of NCDs in India," said Laxmikant Palo, Regional Director -- Southeast Asia Asia/Country Director-India, Project Hope.
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