Union Minister, Dr Jitendra Singh speaking at Wellness India 2017 Expo in New Delhi.
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NEW DELHI: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) and MoS PMO, Dr Jitendra Singh said that wellness is not mere absence of disease, but a much more wholesome concept or state of existence, which may sometimes not thrive despite the absence of disease or, on the contrary, may sometimes survive despite the presence of disease.
Speaking on the opening day of the three-day Wellness India 2017 Expo, Dr Jitendra Singh observed, that in his long many years of clinical practice, he came across a number of individuals who did not have any disease but suffered from lack of physical or mental well-being which compromised their output and performance thus not allowing them to achieve the best of their potential.
On the other hand, he said, there are number of instances where a patient suffering from even a life threatening disease, possesses such high levels of physical and mental well-being that he is able to contribute positively to the society, in spite of his compromised potential.
Dwelling upon the healthcare challenges faced by India of 2017, Dr Singh said, even though we can claim credit and satisfaction for having overcome the communicable diseases, but the point not to be missed is that the management of non-communicable diseases is prolonged and involves both social support as well as economic sustenance.
To that extent, he said, government alone cannot do enough and therefore, other stakeholders including the social agencies and the civil society in general will have to take up the responsibility.
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