Mansukh Mandaviya has been nominated as the next Union Health Minister in the Modi 2.0 government.

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By: Priyanka Sikdar

Last Update: 2021-07-08 11:02:29 IST

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Following a huge overhaul in the Union Cabinet on Wednesday, MansukhMandaviya was named the new Union Health Minister. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA administration has also entrusted Mandaviya with the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers and the vital Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Mansukh Mandaviya has been nominated as the next Union Health Minister in the Modi 2.0 government.

Following a huge overhaul in the Union Cabinet on Wednesday, Mansukh Mandaviya was named the new Union Health Minister. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA administration has also entrusted Mandaviya with the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers and the vital Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

After failing the litmus test of controlling the country's covid-19 outbreak, the union health ministry saw an immediate shift on Wednesday, with Mandaviya taking over from Harsh Vardhan. Mandaviya, which has the portfolios of health and family welfare and chemicals and fertilizers, will be in charge of dealing with the ongoing covid-19 pandemic in terms of healthcare services and making medical equipment and medicines available.

Mandaviya is a member of the Rajya Sabha representing Gujarat and holds a master's degree in political science from Bhavnagar University. He has shown significant participation in the Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Jan AushadhiPariyojana in healthcare (PMBJP). He was also recently recognized for his contributions to women's menstrual hygiene by UNICEF and others. He was sworn in as a Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping, and Chemicals and Fertilizers in the Indian government on July 5, 2016. In March 2018, he was re-elected to the Rajya Sabha for a second term as a Member of Parliament.

The position of health minister brings with it a slew of new responsibilities, particularly in the midst of the ongoing health crisis, when the already frail healthcare system is being pushed to its breaking point. At the same time, the country has already missed multiple health-related benchmarks and is now facing a third wave that threatens to destabilize the healthcare system even further. Harsh Vardhan's removal from the major and nodal ministry in charge of the current covid-19 crisis comes as India prepares for the third wave of the pandemic.

The health ministry was chastised for every action made during the epidemic, from the mismanagement of the second wave to the distribution of covid-19 vaccinations to the statewide immunization programme. Despite multiple answers from the minister, questions about the ministry's operation persisted.

Modi government moved the health minister for heavy lifting of key health ministry at this juncture, implying an inability to handle a deadly covid-19 pandemic. Dr. BharatiPravinPawar has been appointed Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, replacing Ashwini Kumar Chaubey.

In April, the country's healthcare system essentially disintegrated, with covid-19 cases reaching 4.5 lakhs every day. As a result of multiple patients being dangerously ill and requiring tertiary hospital care, the number of beds, oxygen facilities, and medical manpower all fell short, leaving many people without access to healthcare. While a few people perished and the majority went through difficult times, the federal and state governments continued to blame each other. The Union's health ministry has come under fire for its handling of the health problem.

 

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