17 May 2023

What Is Union Health Ministry’s Ambitious “75/25” Initiative Announced On World Hypertension Day

New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry launched an ambitious initiative of screening and putting 75 million people with hypertension and diabetes on Standard Care by 2025, to mark the World Hypertension Day, here on Wednesday. 

This was announced at the G20 co-branded event “Accelerating the Prevention and Management of Hypertension and Diabetes”, organized by Union Health Ministry and WHO.

Union Health Ministry announced ambitious “75/25” initiative- 75 million people with hypertension and diabetes to be put on Standard Care by 2025, through the Primary Health Centres (PHCs).

40,000 Primary Health Care Medical Officers to be trained 

Dr. V K Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog. said that 40,000 Primary Health Care Medical Officers are to be trained on Standard Treatment Workflow for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) to realize healthcare services closer to the community through the Shashakt Portal

This indicates clear resolve of the Govt to address NCDs by allocating resources, capacity enhancement, mobilisation and multi-sectoral collaboration, said Dr V K Paul.

Largest expansion of NCDs in primary health care programme

Highlighting the innovative scheme, Dr Paul stated that this will be the largest expansion of NCDs in primary health care programme in the world with a community based approach starting at the primary healthcare level. 

Dr Paul mentioned that the battle against NCDs have to be fought through the primary healthcare level.

To accelerate the prevention and management of Hypertension, Dr V K Paul urged State teams to adhere to all SOPs especially the screening SOPs correctly at the grassroots since screening is the bedrock of successful management of any disease. 

Only screening is not enough

However, he noted that only screening is not enough. Detection should lead to outcomes. He therefore urged all stakeholders to ensure that at least 80% of the diagnosed people are under treatment. 

Greater effort should be put in prevention 

Dr Paul also emphasized that greater effort should be put in prevention which includes lifestyle changes through eating good food, exercising and other wellness practices. He highlighted the need for a Jan Andolan to make this effort more visible through community participation.

Congratulating India on this stupendous initiative, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the “Indian Government’s ambitious target of reaching 75 million people with Hypertension under standard care in primary healthcare by 2025 is the largest cover of NCDs in the world for primary healthcare”.

Collaboration of public and private sectors needed

Union Health Secretary, Shri Rajesh Bhushan highlighted Inter-sectoral efforts and collaboration of public and private sectors needed to address the growing burden of NCDs in the country.

In addition to the 75/25 initiative, the Shashakt Portal was launched for training of 40,000 Primary Health Care Medical Officers on Standard Treatment Workflow for NCDs initiated to realize health care services closer to the community. 

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