Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu said that Swachh Bharat is a prerequisite for establishing a Swasth Bharat. His remarks came while addressing the Convocation of Lady Hardinge Medical College in New Delhi on Friday.
The Vice President said that the job of faculty members does not end by merely imparting medical knowledge and skills but entails a more onerous responsibility of moulding the young minds into conscientious citizens with uncompromising integrity, high moral and ethical standards.
“It is said that a person, who plans for a year, sows grains, the one who plans for 10 years, plants fruit-bearing trees, and the one who plans for generations, develops human beings,” he said.
Vice President Naidu also said that it is time for all public health experts, healthcare professionals, local bodies and communities to join hands in promoting hygiene and sanitation in a big way to build a Swachh Bharat, a prerequisite for establishing a Swasth Bharat.
“Lack of adequate medical facilities in the rural areas and the acute shortage of doctors and para-medical personnel across the country is a challenge. We need human resource in the health sector,” the Vice President said.
The Vice President said that the Doctors are considered next to God in our country and it is the cardinal responsibility of all those entering the medical profession to uphold the trust and confidence of the patients, who seek treatment from them.
He advised the doctors to maintain the highest standards of ethics and integrity at every stage.
“I am sure that all the students of the Lady Hardinge Medical College will carry on the legacy of this prestigious institute and contribute towards building a healthy India,” he added.
The Vice President said that in the classical Indian thought the doctors are revered as gods Vaidyo Naarayano Harihi. “It is the ability to listen, ability to diagnose the problem and the ability to heal that imparts this divine touch to the noble profession you all are engaged in,” the Vice President said in his address.