Harsh Vardhan emphasized on the critical importance of reliable countrywise data in all sectors of healthcare covering not only public health professionals, but also the various stakeholders.
"A comprehensive healthcare database showing region-wise and location-wise availability of doctors, nurses, chemists, dispensaries, private practitioners and other human and health infrastructure will go a long way in building up our capacity of dealing with any health emergency," he noted. The minister asked his officials to compile details of all government and private hospitals, their facilities and prevalence of different ailments in different regions. "If Election Commission and census officials can have all details of the people of this country, then I am sure we can also do this," he said. In his recent visit to the United States, he said he was shown real time health data being observed by the health officials there and it felt like a "war room". "Such data would enable the policy makers in sound planning and effective implementation of various schemes," he said. (IANS)