PM announces health IDs for all

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday unveiled an ambitious National Digital Health Mission under which every Indian will get a health ID that will ease access to medical services and also announced that the country has made plans for mass-producing COVID-19 vaccine once scientists give a green signal.

In his Independence Day address from the ramparts of the Red Fort, the prime minister said the health ID will store every individual’s medical records and the Mission will herald a new revolution in the health sector.

“From today, a major campaign is being launched in which technology will play a big role. The National Digital Health Mission is being launched today. This will bring a new revolution in India’s health sector and it will help reduce problems in getting treatment with the help of technology,” he said.

“Every Indian will be given a health ID, which will work as each Indian’s health account,” Modi said, adding that it would ease problems faced by citizens in getting healthcare access.

The health ID will contain information about medical data, prescriptions and diagnostic reports and summaries of previous discharge from hospitals for ailments.

The Mission is expected to bring efficiency and transparency in healthcare services in the country.