Imperative to accelerate momentum for adoption of consumer health solutions to support the national health system: Drug Controller General, MoH&FW

Imperative to accelerate momentum for adoption of consumer health solutions to support the national health system: Drug Controller General, MoH&FW

Dr VG Somani, Drug Controller General (India), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India now said that despite many challenges like drugs and medical equipment being black marketed in locations, the Govt of India, together with state drug controls, various ministries, and departments, have been constantly tracking the COVID scenario in the nation and coming out using constant guidelines.

Addressing the webinar on Self-Care for Self-Reliant India, together organised by FICCI and Bayer Consumer Health Division, Dr Somani stated that although there are forecasts of a third wave hitting the country, there have been constant efforts to locate newer alternatives.  "Though the next wave may be milder in nature, it is going to likely, influence various age classes. We will need to get ready to manage this. Since India combats the COVID-19 pandemic, it's crucial to accelerate the momentum for adoption of consumer health options, to make sure the national health system is encouraged at the moment. By increasing health awareness and placing place well-defined regulations, customers can be permitted to take proactive steps to handle minor ailments while also undertaking preventative actions to improve immunity, thereby reducing the demand for healthcare professional interventions," he explained.

Speaking at the event, Mr NK Ahuja, Drug Controller, Haryana and Chairman, OTC Sub Committee, Government of India stated that self-care is a sword that is pleated.  "That is an issue of our wellness and so, we have to be cautious and doubly sure about what we do." Mr Ahuja added that we will need to spend the idea of self-help into the last person standing in the final mile. "We can't leave anybody behind; everyone is in this together and it's our collective task to deliver awareness, knowledge and understanding of the various tools that we've so that we utilize the greater side of this blade," he further added.

Ms Jurate Svarcaite, Director General, Association of the European Self-Care Industry (AESGP) stated that governments face unprecedented limitations on all elements of their own expenditure and health care expenditure are a notable and increasing burden. "Technology has the potential to alter delivery of health and discharge possibility of self-care. Citizens are prepared to take more responsibility within their well-being and wellness care. Encouraging self-care and with the patient accept responsibility with a few interventions targeted at preventing ill-health or treating appropriate conditions seem a clear reaction. Health literacy is the secret in achieving better health outcomes and empowering self-care.  Self-care is the beginning point for healthcare and must be an essential component of the federal health policies and ought to be incentivised by authorities," she added.

Mr Arun Misra, Chair, FICCI OTC Task Force explained that the variable of self-awareness has become in the nation."There's a heightened feeling of self-care among individuals. From home made remedies, Ayurveda, or yoga, we're utilizing all tools and seeking to create the majority of it. We've now learnt how to utilize an oximeter, the way to examine it, the way to look at temperatures, and learnt if to choose a paracetamol. We're keeping tabs on ground improvements; we understand exactly what clinical trials are and what's the regulatory position of vaccines that are different," he added.

Mr Dilip Chenoy, Secretary General, FICCI reiterated that the basic principle of maintenance is that you has to be matched themselves to look after others. "As we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, we must also accelerate regeneration of accountable self-care where individuals can actively take control of their health concerning preventative measures and treating minor illnesses. The key purpose of self-care and preventative health care will be to decrease the burden on the health system. By promoting proactive health-seeking behavior, India's big working population may gain from bolster productivity,'' he explained.

On rebooting India through self-care, Mr Sandeep Verma, Country Division Head, Bayer stated,"The present times have emphasized the requirement for self-care, which may improve productivity and the wellbeing, forcing India's target towards Atmanirbharta and getting a $5 trillion market within the upcoming few decades. At this vital juncture, relieving the burden of India's healthcare infrastructure is crucial, while simultaneously equipping and enabling over one billion Indians to make educated decisions and pursue better nutrition and health. Bayer Consumer Health is dedicated to working collaboratively with stakeholders throughout the nation's initial Self-Care Council to empower responsible self-care in India, forcing forward our vision of'Health for All, Hunger for None'.  Through this effort, we expect to expand access to secure, convenient and powerful daily wellness options."

The panel discussion about Self-Care: The basis for India being Self-Reliant (Atmanirbhar) highlighted the joint purpose of accountable self-care and improved health consciousness in encouraging India's rise into a position of self-reliance. Prof YK Gupta, Principal Adviser, Translation Health Science and Technology Institute and Atul Kumar Nasa, Head of Office, Controlling & Licensing Authority and Deputy Drugs Controller with Medicines Control Department, Govt of NCT of Delhi; Ms Manjari Gharat, Academician & President, Indian Pharmaceutical Association; Dr Avula Laxman, Senior Deputy Director, Indian Council of Medical Research put forth their views.