The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee addressed the 5th Foundation Day Celebration of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER), Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. He also gave away degrees and awards to the PG toppers of the Institute.
Speaking at the occasion, the President said that RML has evolved into a state-of-the-art tertiary care hospital.
The PGIMER was established 6 years back with 28 PG and 2 super specialty seats. Now it has 101 PG seats and 20 super specialty seats. He advised the students that this degree is the dividend of the nation's investment in them and their will to serve people must always be unwavering.
The President also said that NRHM was started in 2005 to take healthcare to the doorsteps of rural population. NRHM aims to provide better infrastructure, manpower, modern equipment, etc. to the rural population. He noted that this mission has now been extended to the urban population.
The President said that high medical expenses can cause setback in the life of poor people. There is need of health insurance mechanism to work for people during medical emergencies. The Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana facility must be comprehensive and should be made available at the primary, secondary and tertiary level, he said.
The President highlighted that technological application has brought silent revolution. The nation requires a technology led health sector. He said that public health expenditure in India is just 1.2% of GDP which is much lower than USA, UK, Norway, Brazil, etc.
The expenditure in health sector needs to be increased and quality healthcare services need to be provided to the people, he said. India has 241 medical professionals (including medical, dental and all the streams) for one lakh population at the end of 11th Five Year Plan.
It should be 354 by the end of 12th Five Year Plan, he added.
Introduction of new medical schemes and augmentation of existing facilities is the prime requirement, the President noted. Medical occupation is associated with piety and is a unique blend of science and humanity, stated the President.
President said, "I congratulate all of you on receiving your PG degrees. This degree is a dividend of the nation's investment in you. It has empowered you to contribute to the society; to touch and transform the lives of people. Remember that patients do not visit hospitals on their own volition. They do so when circumstances warrant them to. They go with an unflinching belief in being cured by the marvel of modern medicine. Be the torchbearer in mitigating their sufferings. Your zeal to serve people must be unwavering always."