United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday complimented the Health Minister Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss for his leadership in the health sector and described him as a public health champion.
Ban Ki-moon, who is in Delhi to attend Sustainable Development Summit, will also be presented Sustainable Development Award.
Ban Ki-moon discussed a wide gamut of health related issues with Dr. Ramadoss including National Rural Health Mission, impact of global financial crisis on health and climate change.
The Secretary General disclosed that it is for the first time he is visiting Health Minister's office in any country of the world since he took over as Secretary General.
Moon showed keen interest in the National Rural Health Mission, which is the biggest and most ambitious program since independence.
The Mission has completed three years and has made substantial impact in the country.
The Secretary General conveyed his appreciation for the vision and leadership behind the healthcare project of this magnitude for providing affordable and equitable health care to all.
Ban Ki-moon assured continued and enhanced technical support of UN agencies in the various facets of National Rural Health Mission -NRHM.
During the discussion, it was felt that a clear and unequivocal message must be sent to strengthen the public health systems, protection of aid committed for health and sustaining investments in the health sector.
In the context of health impact due to climate change, the Health Minister highlighted that the India has released the National Action Plan on Climate Change with eight National Missions including on solar power, energy efficiency, promoting forest cover and health.
The Secretary General also appreciated the Health Minister's efforts for raising national and international partnership in the heath sector in new heights, including with UN agencies and other international partners.