New Delhi. The country’s Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu today appealed to remove the shortage of trained human resources in the health sector on a war footing. Given the low ratio of 1:1,511 to the doctor population in India as against the WHO norm of 1:1,000, more medical colleges in line with the government’s goal of setting up one medical college and hospital in each district of the country. Stressed on the need to set up a college.
Referring to the shortage of paramedical staff in the country, Vice President Naidu called for improving the nurse population ratio (1:670 in India as against WHO’s norm of 1:300) in mission mode. On the paucity of trained manpower in rural areas, he suggested creating better incentives and infrastructure to attract health care workers to serve in the villages.
Addressing the convocation ceremony of the University College of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, the Vice President noted the improvement in various health indicators since independence. Along with this, he said that there were many such challenges which require a coordinated and concerted approach by both the public and private sectors.
Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu presented degrees to the students at the convocation ceremony of the University College of Medical Sciences.
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States need to increase expenditure on health by more than 8%
Vice President Naidu stressed that the first step towards achieving the goal of ‘Health for All’ is to increase public expenditure on health. He referred to the recommendations of the 15th Finance Commission, which stated that states should increase expenditure on health to more than 8 per cent of their respective budgets by 2022 and public health expenditure of the Center and states in a progressive manner by 2025. Up to 2.5 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Appeal to set up more state-of-the-art hospitals in rural areas
The Vice President also appealed for setting up of more state-of-the-art hospitals in rural areas with the active participation of the private sector. He said that medical advice or consultation should be accessible and affordable to the common people.
Appreciating the ‘crucial role’ of paramedical personnel in healthcare, the Vice President said the importance of the service they provide came to the fore during the pandemic as they worked tirelessly over the last one year.
Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu presenting degrees to students at the UCMS Convocation.
He said that Indian nurses and paramedical staff with their skill, dedication and caring nature have earned great reputation and demand globally over the years. He said that the need of the hour is to take advantage of the innate skills in our youth to train more allied health workers and give them a bigger role in our public health.
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13,000 crore allocated to train auxiliary health workers
Referring to the recommendation of the 15th Finance Commission to allocate more than Rs 13,000 crore for training support health workers, he said that this is expected to create an additional 15 lakh workforce.
E-health can empower women too
Talking about innovations in health care, Vice President Naidu said that e-health has emerged in a big way in recent years and has the potential to address the problem of shortage of doctors in rural areas.
He said that with the increasing penetration of internet and smartphones in rural areas, e-health is the future scenario for optimum utilization of our human resources in healthcare. Vice President Naidu said that e-health can also empower women and bring necessary awareness on maternal health and other issues.
Vice President presenting degrees to medical students at UCMS Convocation.
Healthcare should be revolutionized in India passing through the era of digital revolution
Reflecting on the various e-health initiatives by the Health Ministry, the Vice President stressed the need to further popularize and promote them. Naidu stressed that when India is passing through a digital revolution, we should take advantage of it and revolutionize healthcare.
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Prime Minister expected to launch Digital Health Mission
Underlining the benefits of digitized health records, he said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to launch the Pradhan Mantri Digital Health Mission in a few days. He said it would eliminate paperwork, bring a seamless experience in hospitals and aid in disease monitoring.
More than 2 crore hospitalized people benefited from ‘Ayushman Bharat’ scheme
Expressing concern over the excessive expenditure on health, the Vice President said that such health expenditure adversely affects the low-income families who are at risk of being pushed into poverty. He said that the government’s flagship scheme Ayushman Bharat has provided ‘health assurance’ for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization to many poor families and has covered more than 2 crore hospitalization cases so far. has done.
The Vice President releasing a booklet based on achievements on the completion of 50 years of UCMS.
Vaccination and adhering to covid protocol will prevent the third wave from coming
The Vice President also appreciated the selfless service rendered by doctors, health workers and other frontline workers during the Corona pandemic.
He called for vaccination of all eligible people at the earliest. He also expressed the desire that citizen groups join hands with local governments to encourage people to get vaccinated. He also said that people should follow the Kovid protocol with utmost seriousness. We cannot invite the third wave by being complacent.
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Referring to the practice of traditional costumes (robes) by faculty and others during convocations, Naidu expressed his desire to do away with it and suggested wearing simple Indian attire on such occasions. In this context, he also called for Indianization of the education system.
Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu posing for a group photo with faculty members and others at the convocation ceremony of UCMS.
Naidu appreciated the University College of Medical Sciences (UCMS) and the affiliated Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital for the great service rendered by both the institutions during the management of COVID-19.
On this occasion, Prof. PC Joshi, Acting Vice Chancellor of University of Delhi, Professor Balram Bhargava, Director General, ICMR, Professor Balram Pani, Dean of Colleges of Delhi University and Dr. Anil Kumar Jain, Principal, UCMS and other dignitaries were present on the occasion. were also present.
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