first_imgWardha: President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday said health remains a key challenge in India’s development, but the Centre was committed to tackle it through its various programmes.He said lack of access to health services, malnutrition and neglected tropical diseases put severe constraints on the country. Kovind was addressing a gathering on the occasion of the golden jubilee celebrations of the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (MGIMS) here. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”As a country with 18 per cent of world population, we carry 20 per cent of the prevalence of global diseases. We are challenged by the triple burden of communicable, non-communicable and new and emerging diseases,” the President said. “Health remains a key development challenge for India. Lack of access to health services, malnutrition and neglected tropical diseases place severe constraints on us. Our government remains committed to tackle these through the flagship Ayushman Bharat programme and other health missions. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Our problems are complex and intertwined with our larger socio-economic challenges,” he said. Kovind said the institution in the last 50 years has made a stellar contribution to the nation’s progress, earning immense appreciation and respect for its academic excellence and as much for its service to people. An institution inspired by the life and teachings of Mahatma Gandhi could have only prospered in the manner, he added. On the occasion, he condoled the deaths of people in the devastating floods in various parts of the country, including Maharashtra. “My prayers are with the families who lost their near and dear ones. I hope and wish that those affected are able to get back to normal life soon. I commend the services of the central government and respective state governments for bringing relief in flood-affected areas…,” the President said.last_img