Guwahati, April 18: Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu said there is a need to create health schemes that provide widest coverage to the young, aged and infirm, and those suffering from both critical acute and chronic ailments.

Naidu was addressing a gathering after launching Atal Amrit Abhiyan by the Assam government here.

The unique health scheme seeks to provide access to quality medical care to 3.2 crore people.

The Vice President called on the private sector to supplement the efforts of the government in a big way in reaching out medical care to the people in rural areas. 

He further said that quality of health services should be good enough to improve the health of those receiving services.

"People should be protected against financial-risk, ensuring that the cost of using services does not put people at risk of financial harm," he added.

Naidu said modern day lifestyle is leading to various non-communicable diseases and said that efforts are needed to arrest the growing incidence of such disease which is affecting even the young.

"There has to be concerted efforts from all stakeholders in healthcare to raise awareness among the people on the dangers of leading sedentary lifestyles, eating junk food, harmful use of alcohol and tobacco," he added.

Naidu who was on a three day visit to northeast also stressed on the need to change school curriculum include lessons on NCDs and physical exercises should be made mandatory for school and college students. "Wherever possible, 'yoga asanas' should also be taught to children," he added.

The Vice President said northeastern states, like the rest of India, are facing shortage of medical manpower and medical facilities in rural areas. 

"This shortage has to be bridged by opening more medical colleges and setting up more number of healthcare facilities in the rural places," he added.

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New Delhi, Mar 4: The probe into the blast at a cafe in Bengaluru has been handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), sources said on Monday.

At least nine people were injured when a blast took place at Rameshwaram Cafe in Brookfield in East Bengaluru on March 1.

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According to the sources, the investigation into the explosion has been handed over to the NIA.

A man wearing a cap, mask and glasses is the prime suspect in the case and is still untraceable, the sources said.

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