The COVID-19 pandemic has reiterated a massive interdependence among various sectors while underlining the need to ensure inter-connectedness across the sectors is reflected in policies for effective and sustainable service delivery, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has said.
Vardhan made the remarks while addressing the first meeting of the WHO High-Level Coalition on Health and Energy Platform of Action on Wednesday night through video conference, a Health Ministry statement said. The meeting was attended by several dignitaries and national heads, and representatives of various stakeholders like World Bank, UNDP, UNHRC, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) etc.
“The pandemic, as well as the enormous efforts to manage it, have reiterated the massive interdependence amongst various sectors. It has also underlined the need to ensure that inter-connectedness across sectors needs to be reflected in our policies to ensure an effective and sustainable service delivery,” he said in his address, according to the statement.
“An expert body called the National Action Plan on Climate Change and Human Health was constituted by our government with the multiple objectives of creating awareness amongst the general population, health-care providers and policymakers regarding impact of climate change on human health,” Vardhan said.
This National Expert Group submitted its report recently in April 2021 with the inclusion of Subject-Specific Health Action Plans on identified Climate Sensitive Diseases and ‘One Health’, he added.