JP Nadda Launches New Initiatives To Counter Non-Communicable Diseases


The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Mr. J.P. Nadda inaugurating the ‘Centre for Integrative Medicine and Research (Yoga and Ayurveda)’, in New Delhi on June 22, 2016. The Director, AIIMS, New Delhi, Prof. M.C. Misra and the Chancellor, S-VYASA University, Dr. H.R. Nagendra are also seen.

Highlights The Importance Of Healthy Living

New Delhi (PIB-GR-TYP-BIN): “Prevention of disease will always remain in the forefront, whether for Communicable or Non-Communicable Diseases, and awareness regarding a balanced lifestyle and healthy living is a crucial pillar in combating non-communicable diseases”, stated Mr. J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare. He was speaking at the inauguration of “National Conference on Prevention and Control of Major Non-communicable Diseases in India”, on June 22. Mr. Shripad Yesso Naik, Minister of State (Health & Family Welfare) was also present at the occasion.

Mr. J P Nadda stated that as most of the major NCDs, generally labeled as ‘lifestyle diseases’ are acquired, there is an urgent need for paying attention to their preventive aspects. Social behaviour change plays a major role in preventing the NCDs, he stated. Emphasising the need for creating wide awareness among the people regarding healthy living, the Health Minister today launched a media campaign on NCDs that shall leverage on different media forms.

Mr. Nadda said that following in the vision of the Prime Minister through his message of Yoga and holistic healthcare by integrating traditional systems of medicines and practices, the International Day of Yoga was observed across the globe recently.

He stated that Yoga and knowledge in AYUSH system of medicine can be of great help in not only preventing but also controlling non-communicable diseases. Stating that traditional system of medicines can complement modern medicine, the Health Minister said that Yoga is not only physical activity but also a complete science of living. Yoga as an intervention is being encouraged as an integral part of NCD prevention and management, said Mr. Nadda.

The Health Minister launched the M-Diabetes initiative which harnesses the power and potential of the vast mobile telephony network. With a missed call to 011-22901701 the caller can get more information on Diabetes and how to prevent and manage it. One can also log on to for more information. Mr. Nadda also launched the guidelines for screening of Diabetes, Hypertension and Common Cancer.

Mr. Nadda also launched the II round of Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS-2) for systematically monitoring adult tobacco use and tracking key tobacco control indicators. GATS-2 will interview about 76,000 non-institutionalized males and females aged 15 years and above, from about 2,500 selected geographical units across the 30 States and 2 Union Territories. Mr. Nadda also released the 1st issue of ‘Healthy India Initiative’ magazine, a quarterly magazine by CHEB on addressing health issues of common man.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Shripad Yesso Naik, Minister of State (I/C), Ministry of AYUSH stated that we need a holistic approach for maintaining good health. He further stated that we need to integrate traditional medicinal practices and healthy lifestyle for leading a healthy life.

Mr. B P Sharma, Secretary (Health) stated that diseases, including NCDs impose a high financial burden on the families. He stressed the need for a multi-sectoral and convergent approach for prevention and control of NCDs, where the States also essay a crucial role.

Dr. Saumya Swaminathan, DG, ICMR said that there is a huge potential for control and prevention of NCDs through early screening. She emphasized understanding the social-economic and cultural contexts in countering the rising NCDs and laid stress on social behavior change.

Dr. Henk Bekedam, WHO Representative to India, highlighted the importance of Yoga in preventing and control of NCDs, especially Diabetes. He stressed the need for multi-sectoral efforts and said that risk factors are closely related to social behavior. Dr Bekedam further added that NCDs are high on global agenda and maintained that the focus should be on advocacy, awareness, access, alliance and accountability.

Dr. (Prof) Jagdish Prasad, DGHS, Mr. C K Mishra, AS & MD, Mr. Arun Panda, Additional Secretary, senior officers of the Health Ministry, representatives of WHO and other development partners were also present on this occasion.


Doruvu Paul Jagan Babu

International Correspondent for The Yellow Press

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