Many pharma firms unhappy over my decisions for cheaper stents, medicines, says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that many powerful people were unhappy with him, but his commitment was to provide affordable healthcare for poor and the middle class.

 Modi in surat

Addressing a gathering after inaugurating the Kiran multi-speciality hospital, Modi said that while the health surveys across world have reinstated the importance of hygiene, no one has paid much attention to preventive healthcare measures in India.

“After assuming office, mechanisms were put to bring down prices of medicines even if that meant pharma companies are unhappy with us. It was decided to reduce the prices of stents so that affordable healthcare is a reality in India,” he added.

The Prime Minister also said that his government’s Swachh Bharat mission is a part of promoting preventive healthcare habits.

In his home state, Modi said that he was unsure whether he should address his people in his mother tongue or Hindi. However, he said that he then chose to speak in Hindi because he felt that they have done a big thing and the people should know about it.

“Labour is more valuable than money. I had said that I will also inaugurate the places where I lay foundation stones, because I want to see work completed. This hospital (Kiran Multispeciality Hospital) is built on a foundation of hard work and family value,” the Prime Minister said.

(With ANI-PTI inputs)

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