Bangalore: India has been working in the healthcare sector to bring it to the mark set by the world’s best countries. Even though the progress is slow the efforts are made at a constant pace. Now U.K. has developed a keen interest to collaborate with India in primary and community healthcare sector and even India can benefit from this venture. In the 12th five year plan, which emphasizes on universal healthcare there is a lot stored for the country.
In the city, she visited Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospital associated with Biocon and also had a meeting with Karnataka health minister Aravinda Limbavali. She informed about the wide opportunities of healthcare in the state.
She told reporters, “UK is committed to a deeper, wide ranging partnership with India. UK has a deep expertise in health. I am here to ensure the partnership,” as reported by TNN.
Talking about the universal healthcare in the 12th five-year plan, she said, “It's an admirable aim. The numbers offered healthcare is staggering. Deliver of primary healthcare is a big task."Currently the Indo-U.K. research partnership has been estimated to be worth over 75 million pounds in the health sector.
Soubry was amazed by the entire volumes involved in the healthcare sector in India and she believes that India is a natural partner for U.K. She said “It's quite amazing to know so much is happening here. I am here to listen, learn and take it back to the UK. Between the two of us, there's lot to learn and offer each other. We are seeing the new beginning. And India is a natural partner to work together because we have worked in the past,” as reported by TNN.
Considering diabetes as one of the scenario or the areas for collaboration, she described how both countries are struggling to tackle the problem in this area. She said, “Teenagers in the UK are having a problem. There are 3.9 million people with diabetes in our country.”
In the meeting with health minister Aravinda Limbavali, Anna discussed the possible collaborations.Ian Felton, the British deputy high commissioner in Bangalore, on the venture between India and U.K. said, “Whether it's working more closely on training healthcare professionals, sharing expertise on genetic data or building trade in the life sciences, we are here and committed to working with the best Bangalore has to offer."
The U.K. health minister, Anna Soubry, was captivated by the facilities offered by Narayana Hrudayalaya hospital. She exclaimed, “. It is extremely efficient and a lot cheaper. The volume of cardiac operations is absolutely remarkable,” as reported by TNN
Another concern that the U.K. health minister shared was Obesity, considered as a major problem in U.K. Along with Obesity, U.K. is also facing over-weight. “60 percent of the population has conditions like obesity or over-weight in U.K.,” informed Anna Soubry. She further said, “By 11 years, one third of the children in the country become overweight or obese.” Speaking about the trouble regarding over-consumption of wrong foods in U.K. the minister said, “It's very, very sad," as reported by TNN.
U.K. and India have found a new opportunity to collaborate under a noble cause. The aim is to find symbiosis and work towards providing better care for people to live a better life.