Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu at the First Graduation Day function of Malla Reddy Institute of Medical & Dental Sciences, in Hyderabad, Telangana on April 21, 2018.
Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu at the First Graduation Day function of Malla Reddy Institute of Medical & Dental Sciences, in Hyderabad, Telangana on April 21, 2018.

Urban rural divide in providing medical care must end: Vice President

The Vice President of India, 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 and 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 21 April 2018.
First Graduation Day function underway at the  Malla Reddy Institute of Medical Sciences & Dental Sciences, in Hyderabad, Telangana on April 21, 2018.

First Graduation Day function underway at the Malla Reddy Institute of Medical Sciences & Dental Sciences, in Hyderabad, Telangana on April 21, 2018.

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. Working in rural areas for MBBS Graduates must be made mandatory before they get their first promotion, he added.

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 added.

Addressing the students, the Vice President said that medical students and doctors must ensure that their trust is never broken and maintain the highest credibility. He further said that not only credibility, they must also have empathy and compassion. They have taken up a noble profession where they don’t distinguish between a poor and rich patient while providing treatment and a good human being will always make a good doctor too, he added.

The Vice President said that India needs to become world leader in education and reduce brain drain. He complimented the Union Government for launching ‘Study in India’ programme to promote India as a destination for higher studies and attract foreign students.

The Vice President said that in the modern times, certain aberrations have crept into our social life and we are witnessing barbaric incidents like rapes, female feticides and dowry killings. He further said that no civilised society can tolerate such inhuman acts and the most stringent punishments have to be meted out to criminals who perpetrate those crimes. Gender equality must begin at home and families play a big role in shaping the attitude of children and boys must be made to treat girls with respect, he added.

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