Presides over the golden jubilee convocation of India Gandhi Medical College Shimla, says the health care system in the country faces a major challenge as 75% people reside in rural areas
Shimla: President of India, Pranab Mukherjee on Friday called for strengthening and expanding the health services in rural areas and exhorted the young doctors to serve the people with dedication.
Presiding over the Golden Jubilee convocation of Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) here, the President said that medical care is basic requirement of people and there is need for providing better medical services in rural areas by expanding and strengthening the health services. Mukherjee arrived in Shimla on Thursday for five day sojourn.
He said that the convocation was culmination of long years of academic work for graduating students and they should use their knowledge, skills and expertise in serving the people and facing the challenges that come their way.
“While entering the new phase of life they should remember that the skill and knowledge they have acquired over the years will help them overcome future hurdles and they should have commitment and a sense of responsibility towards the society and the country”, he added. Noting that the healthcare system in the country faces a major challenge as seventy-five percent people reside in rural areas, Pranab Mukherjee said that there is an urgent need to expand physical infrastructure in the health sector in order to ensure equitable and quality health care services to all.
The President said doctors serving in rural areas is an important aspect which needs to be looked into collectively by both the Central and state governments. “Further, we require more nurses and para-medical staff to serve the huge population of our country and advised the students to remember what the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi had said about being the change they wanted to see in the world”, he said.
He reiterated that Gandhiji always talked about welfare of the weakest and poorest persons to arrive at correct decisions. The president also gave degrees and gold medals to doctors, who graduated from the college. The President awarded the Gold Medals to meritorious doctors for Master’s and Doctoral Degrees who achieved excellence.
The recipients of gold medals included Dr. Ritu Rani, Dr. Meenakshi who received five Gold Medals in five different medical disciplines during her MBBS course, Dr. Neha Singh, Dr. Shipri Sharma and Dr. Tanvi Katoch. The President congratulated all the students and specially mentioned the name of Dr. Meenakshi in his convocation address.
Governor Acharya Devvrat said that modern medicine needs to inculcate the marvels of holistic healing which goes beyond treating the physical symptoms of the disease and need to incorporate yoga in health care system. “Modern medicine and yoga are scientific and universal in outlook and hence are natural allies bound to come together. Their combination has the potential to provide holistic healthcare that will be boon to the society,” he said.
“We could lead the world in holistic healthcare by combining the marvels of yoga and modern medicine,” he said, expressing satisfaction that IGMC was already doing research in this aspect in patients of heart disease. The Governor later authorized Vice Chancellor A.D.N. Bajpai to distribute degrees to the candidates who received the medals and the doctorate degrees. Amongst those who received doctoral degrees 97 were MBBS, 87 Post Graduates (PG), 6 PG Diploma and 6 super specialty candidates.
In his address, Chief Minister, Virbhadra Singh appealed to all the passing out graduate and postgraduate students to serve the suffering humanity with compassion, dedication and love without any monetary greed and live up to the expectations of common man and congratulated all the graduates, post graduates and post doctoral students who received their coveted degrees today.
He said that it was matter of pride for any institution to complete a long successful journey and celebrate its 50 years of its existence. Singh said since its inception in 1966, IGMC has witnessed remarkable progress through augmentation of health care infrastructure in a pursuit of specialized health care services to the people of Himachal Pradesh, he said.
Besides, it is among few medical colleges in North India having facilities for cardiac catheterization and angiographic services and open heart surgery facility for cardiac patients. Claiming that as a Teaching Institution, IGMC had emerged as the centre of excellence as of today, the Chief Minister said that the IGMC was running, post graduate courses in 20 specialties and providing post doctoral training programme in Cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery. He said that the institution had produced 2899 graduates and 1337 post graduates.
The Chief Minister said that after Kerala, IGMC, Shimla is the only Health Institution to design and implement strong state level surveillance system for tracking patients having heart attack and specific quality improvement initiatives were being taken to improve survival rate after heart attack.
Chief Minister said that HP telestroke project, the first of its kind was started in the state in April 2014 which was smart phone based telemedicine project in India. Under this project timely stroke treatment is provided to the public free of cost at their door steps in far flung and Tribal areas of the State. This project has bagged e-health initiative award at e-Punjab Summit February 2016, he said.
Keeping in view the growing numbers of patients, 11-storey OPD block is under construction and would be completed by 10th August, 2016, he said. Earlier, Governor Acharya Devvrat and Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh also honoured and welcomed the President.
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