‘Sanitation coverage in India more than doubled,’ states PM Modi

While interacting with beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said that sanitation coverage in the country has increased from 38 per cent to nearly 80 per cent

‘Sanitation coverage in India more than doubled,’ states PM Modi

He also spoke about affordable cardiac stents and knee implants. Explaining the importance of healthcare and wellness, the Prime Minister said that health is the basis for all success and prosperity.

He said, “Cleanliness is considered to be first necessity for a healthy life. For constructing toilets at home we initiated this initiative. This campaign for cleanliness is being taken forward successfully by 125 crore people of the country. Look at its results. Sanitation coverage has gone up from 38 per cent to around 80 per cent. So if it was 40 per cent it has doubled. In India, more than 3.5 lakh villages have declared themselves open defecation free.”

He added that, the government has reduced the prices of stents substantially to help poor and middle class. The cost of heart stents have reduced from around Rs 2 lakh to Rs 29,000. He also mentioned that it is estimated that around 1 to 1.5 lakh knee operations happen in India every year. On that account, the reduction in knee transplant prices has saved close to Rs.1500 crore for public.

Pravin Nikam, a renowned Pune-based activist who works in the field of sanitation, said, “Definitely, this is an achievement towards achieving ODF India by 2019 at same time also I feel we need to adopt holistic approach and focus on improving the regulatory mechanism and introducing strict regulatory measures in scientific management of solid waste to achieve sustainable sanitation.”

Through Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Dialysis Program, the government has performed more than 22 lakh dialysis sessions for 2.25 lakh patients in more than 500 districts. More than 3.15 crore children and 80 lakh pregnant women have been vaccinated in 528 districts through Mission Indradhanush.