Communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases and impact of climate change on health are the major public health challenges, which need extra an effort to deal with, said Indian Health Minister J.P. Nadda.
"We forget that health requires a holistic view of being one with nature, adopting healthy lifestyles and avoiding excesses," said Nadda at the Commonwealth Health Ministers Meet, 68th World Health Assembly 2015, Geneva.
"While taking pride in a fair amount of success in meeting the health-related Millennium Development Goals, we need to redouble our efforts to surmount the ever-increasing public health challenges, which include, among others, communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases, anti-microbial resistance, impact of climate change on health and universal health coverage," he said.
Nadda mentioned the Ebola outbreak in Africa and the recent earthquake in Nepal as the major events which impacted health parameters in this year.
"While the situation now appears to be under control, the threat of outbreaks of new, emerging and re-emerging pathogens stares at us," he said.
Pitching for yoga as a way of ensuring holistic health, he said: "We are happy to note that the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution, with co-sponsorship from 177 countries, to observe 21st June as the International Day of Yoga."
"We need a multi-sectoral approach in a sustainable institutional framework to promote 'health-in-all' policies. The recognition of inter-dependence and the need for collaboration of different sectors is necessary nationally and internationally," he added.
Nadda also announced voluntary contributions of more than $2 million from India to the World Health Organisation.