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 symptom of the disease and need to incorporate yoga in health care system. The Governor later authorised 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.
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