Vice President Venkaiah Naidu today said that the healthcare sector and skill development of youth was crucial for the country’s progress.
Talking about the funding and service delivery gap in the healthcare sector, vice president said that the government’s expenditure was not commensurate with the growing demand for the healthcare services. He said private sector has been playing a dominant role in both urban and rural areas due to gaps in the deliver of health services.
Naidu said: ‘In urban areas, only 32% visit government hospitals and rest 68 % prefer private hospitals. In rural areas 42% patients visit public hospitals and the rest visit private ones.”
Further elaborating on the need gap, vice president said that in India only 6 physicians are available for one lakh people whereas in case of developed countries it is 20 doctors for the same number of people. He said India had only 6.5 lakh doctors in the country as against the requirement of at least 10 lakh doctors.
He said similarly there were 40 beds per 10,000 people in developed countries whereas in India this figure is just 9 beds per 10,000 people.
Naidu said there was a definite need for expanding the infrastructure and budget for public health sector.
Talking about the steps needed to bridge the service delivery gap, vice president Naidu said that India’s apex planning body NITI Aayog had recommended setting up of 187 more medical college in the country within five years to meet the World Health Organisation’s norm of having one doctor per thousand persons.
At present there is one doctor for 1,700 people in the country.
Talking about the urgent need for imparting quality skills to youths to meet the requirement of the healthcare sector, vice president Naidu said the country must skill its young population not only for economic benefit but for the social reasons as well.
He laid emphasis on making the specially designed training a part of the education system that is in tune with the market needs so that students can get employment immediately after completing their education.
Vice president said providing quality training to youth was crucial for the success of the government’s flagship schemes like Make in India that are aimed at increasing the share of manufacturing sector in GDP from present 13% to 25% in the coming years.
Naidu said the share of manufacturing sector in India’s GDP was a meager 13% which is among the lowest compared to several other fast growing emerging economies. Manufacturing accounts for 36% share in China’s economy.
Vice president said given the acute shortage of skilled manpower, corporate sector should come forward to supplement the government’s efforts.
Vice president said this was the time when Skill India, Digital India and Make in India could work in conjunction in one ecosystem and create a new resurgent India.
Vice President was addressing a public function after inaugurating a medical camp and two skill development facilities in Hyderabad on Thursday and distributed certificates to the students.
Mohammad Mahmood Ali, deputy chief minister of Telangana, T. Harish Rao, irrigation minister of the state and Kamineni Srinivas, the health and medical education minister of Andhra Pradesh were present on the occasion.