Focus on family, community medicine to provide comprehensive healthcare: Vice President

RSTV Bureau
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu addresses first convocation ceremony of AIIMS Bhubaneswar on August 25, 2018

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu addresses first convocation ceremony of AIIMS Bhubaneswar on August 25, 2018

Vice President asked doctors to be abreast with modern methods and latest trends in their fields of specialisation. He stressed on the need to focus on disciplines such as family and community medicine. This will help in providing comprehensive health care for people of all ages in families and communities.

Addressing the first convocation ceremony at AIIMS Bhubaneswar, the Vice President lauded the contributions of former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who laid the foundation for the institution.

The Vice President said that schemes such as ‘Ayushman Bharat Yojana’ or the ‘National health Protection’ will be a game-changer in terms of accessing healthcare services in India.

He urged the doctors give their best to make these schemes a success so that no needy or deserving person is denied medical treatment at the right time.

The Vice President also emphasised the importance of medical ethics and said doctors must be trained to be more sensitive to the sufferings of patients and their families and provide the healing touch with effective communication. There can be no greater service than restoring fellow human beings to good health, he said.

The Vice President also spoke about the education curriculum in medical colleges.

The curriculum has to be constantly updated by including the latest developments and methods of treatment, he noted.

The Vice President said that there is shortage of physicians, other specialists and nurses in the country and stressed on the need to increase the number of medical colleges to expand medical services to every nook and corner of India.

The government is doing its best in this regard, the corporate sector and NGOs must come forward to supplement the efforts of the government, he said.

Vice President Naidu also voiced concern over how the absence of qualified medical practitioners was making people to go to quacks.

We need to overcome the acute shortage of health providers and the quality of infrastructure in rural areas, he said.

Highlighting the need to accord priority to primary and tertiary healthcare, he said that there is a need to increase the number of doctors available at health care centres residing in rural areas.

It should be mandatory for young doctors to serve at least a year or two in rural areas before considering promotions for them, he said.