'Young doctors need to uphold ethics and treat every patient with empathy'
New Delhi: Expressing concerns over the poor condition of health services in the rural areas, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday said that every state headquarter should have an All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) so that people, especially the poor, can access better health services. He said this while addressing young medicos at the 46th Annual Convocation of the AIIMS in the national capital.
Vice President Naidu said that it is important to promote doctors in the rural areas so that innocent people are saved from touts and dubious medical practitioners who not only befool them but also exacerbate the problems due to wrong treatment. More focus is required on family and community medicine as they play a major role in improving overall health of the people. He added that there are still a large number of people, especially in the rural areas, who are illiterate need help and assistance in the form of education on health issues and good health care facilities.
Vice President Naidu urged the young medicos and the medical community to uphold the ethics of the profession and treat patients with empathy. "People admire actors but adore doctors," said the Vice President, adding that the trust in the medical profession needed to be preserved for humanity. Naidu also suggested that during the study of medicine before being awarded their degrees, they should also be taken for village tours where they could spread awareness about health and diseases and contribute in educating the villagers. A total of 671 degrees were awarded this year including for different branches in the medical profession. Moreover, Dr Deepak Puri, topped the MBBS at AIIMS. The Vice President also felicitated the stalwarts of the medical profession and handed over awards to the meritorious students. The convocation was presided over by Union Health Minister J P Nadda who awarded the degrees to the students passing out. The Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare and the President of AIIMS, JP Nadda, the Director of AIIMS, Randeep Guleria and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.