Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has said that urban rural divide in providing medical care must end adding that people living in rural areas must have access to affordable quality healthcare. He was addressing the gathering at First Graduation Day function of Malla Reddy Institute of Medical Sciences & Malla Reddy Institute of Dental Sciences in Hyderabad, Telangana on Saturday.
Highlighting the shortage of doctors and nurses all over the country, the Vice President said that rural areas are under-served in terms of medical facilities and personnel. Lack of health insurance coverage is the main reason for this situation, he said.
The Vice President said that India needs a multi-pronged strategy to improve the well-being of our people. He suggested the government to increase budgetary allocations for healthcare and address infrastructure and manpower shortages.
Setting up more medical, dental and nursing colleges and providing affordable and accessible treatment as well as education is also crucial, he said.
Addressing the students, he said medical students and doctors must ensure that their trust is never broken and maintain the highest credibility. Not only credibility, you must also have empathy and compassion. You have taken up a noble profession where you don’t distinguish between a poor and rich patient while providing treatment. A good human being will always make a good doctor too, he added.
The Vice President said that India needs to become world leaders in education and reduce brain drain. He complemented the Union Government for launching ‘Study in India’ programme to promote India as a destination for higher studies and attract foreign students.
Educational institutions must ensure that the faculty constantly upgrades its knowledge and teaching skills, he said.