Hyderabad, Sep 5 (IANS) Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday called for improving the doctor-population ratio in the country.He also underlined the need to improve the healthcare infrastructure and increase the number of medical colleges in the country.Addressing the 11th Annual Medical Teachers Day Awards of the Association of National Board Accredited Institutions (ANBAI) in Hyderabad, Naidu noted that in India, there is one doctor for every 1,456 people, while as per the recommendations of the World Health Organisation (WHO), the doctor-population ratio should be 1:1,000.The Vice President called for focusing on improving healthcare infrastructure in the rural areas, noting that the Covid-19 pandemic has "reminded us of our responsibilities in this regard".He also called for increasing the number of medical colleges. He said to improve this ratio, the government is making efforts to establish at least one medical college in every district headquarter.He suggested that all stakeholders in medical education also play their role in this regard, highlighting the fact that a large number of doctors prefer to render their services in the urban areas as compared to the rural areas.Naidu said both medical education and healthcare should become affordable for the common man, and everyone connected with this sector has a responsibility to ensure this.Referring to the technological advancements across the world, he said the latest technologies should be adopted and state-of-the-art equipment be made available for diagnosis and treatment. He stated that the Covid pandemic has taught a lesson to all including doctors and scientists.Stating that medicine is one of the noblest professions, he said it should be the endeavour of every physician to play his role to uphold the values and sacredness of the profession. Young doctors and medical students should imbibe the ethics and high values of the profession and implement them in their day-to-day life, he added.Appreciating the yeoman service rendered by doctors during Covid pandemic, he said that they not only treated the patients but also gave counselling, confidence, and solace to them.Naidu was all praise for the ANBAI for its efforts to provide education based on highest standards. He said it was commendable that leading hospitals and medical institutions of the country came together to impart graduation in medical education through the ANBAI.The Vice President paid tributes to former President, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan on his birth anniversary which is celebrated as Teachers' Day. He called Radhakrishnan a great teacher and philosopher.Naidu said teachers shape the lives and careers of the students and especially in medical education, students have to be groomed to become great doctors. --IANSms/vd
In the fight against COVID-19, especially in the second wave of the outbreak of the pandemic, AYUSH systems of medicine have played a vital role by increasing the immunity of people, said the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind. He was speaking on the occasion of laying of the foundation stone for the Mahayogi Guru Gorakhnath AYUSH Vishwavidyalaya at Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh.
Just as the President began his address after foundation laying, it rained. The President described this coincidence as auspicious beginning for the project.
Addressing the gathering, the President said that many traditional and non-conventional systems of healthcare and healing have been prevalent in our country since ancient times. The Government of India has made continuous efforts for their development. For the systematic education and research of these systems of medicine, the Ministry of AYUSH was formed in 2014. He noted that Government of Uttar Pradesh had also established the Department of AYUSH in 2017. He was confident that with establishment of the Mahayogi Guru Gorakhnath AYUSH University, AYUSH medical institutes of the state would be able to do better work in their respective fields by being affiliated with this university.
Also, Read in Marathi► कोविड -19 विरुद्धच्या लढ्यात सामान्य जनतेची रोगप्रतिकारशक्ती वाढवून आयुष औषध प्रणालीने अत्यंत महत्त्वाची भूमिका बजावली आहे : राष्ट्रपती कोविंद
The President said that it is believed that Baba Gorakhnath has been one of the pioneers who have prepared medicines from minerals and metals as emergency medicines. Therefore, the naming of this University as “Mahayogi Guru Gorakhnath Ayush Vishwavidyalaya” is quite appropriate.
The President said that India is the best example of unity in diversity. People of India do not hesitate in adopting whatever is in public interest, beneficial and accessible to all. The practice of different types of medical systems in our country is also the result of this thinking. Yoga, Ayurveda and Siddha are India's contribution to the world.
The President said that today, the idea of Integrative System of Medicine is being recognized all over the world. Different medical systems are helping in curing the people as a complementary system to each other.
The President said that although the tribal society has a rich tradition of knowledge of herbs and herbal medicines, but in the past two decades, the popularity of AYUSH systems of medicine has increased across the country. The demand for medicinal herbs and plants has surged which is resulting in increasing income of farmers and forest dwellers as well as generating employment. He expressed confidence that the establishment of Mahayogi Gorakhnath AYUSH University in Gorakhpur would further boost the education and popularity of AYUSH systems. (PIB)
Read in Hindi► राष्ट्रपति ने गोरखपुर में महायोगी गुरु गोरखनाथ आयुष विश्वविद्यालय की आधारशिला रखी
Bhubaneswar, Aug 19 (IANS) In view of prevailing Covid-19 situation, all legislators and their personal staff will undergo RTPCR test for the Monsoon session of Odisha Assembly beginning from September 1.Holding a meeting on Thursday, Assembly Speaker S.N. Patro has asked officials to conduct RTPCR test of all MLAs, their security staff, and drivers on August 29-31, Speaker's PRO said in a statement.There will also be RT-PCR tests for all the officers and staff of the Secretariat along with the officers and staff of the office of the Chief Minister, ministers, Leader of Opposition, government chief whip and deputy chief whip at the same place during the above three days.The persons, who found negative in the RTPCR test, will be allowed to enter the Assembly premises. Members, officials, and supporting staff, who have not taken at least a single dose of Covid-19 vaccine, will not be allowed into the House, it said.The members will be provided with face shields, masks, gloves, and sanitiser by the Health Department daily before the commencement of each sitting during the session. The Monsoon session of the House will continue till September 9.--IANSbbm/vd
New Delhi, Aug 19 (IANS) President of India, Ram Nath Kovind underwent cataract surgery on Thursday at the Army Hospital in New Delhi."Surgery was successful and he has been discharged from the Hospital," the President House said in a statement.The surgery took place at Indian Army Research and Referral Hospital in New Delhi.In March this year, President underwent cardiac bypass surgery at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).Kovind was shifted to AIIMS on March 27 where, post investigations, doctors have advised him to undergo a planned bypass procedure.The 75-year-old was shifted to AIIMS for treatment from Research and Referral Hospital where he was admitted on March 26 after a chest discomfort. --IANSsk/skp/
Amaravati, Aug 17 (IANS) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Tuesday directed officials to make arrangements to test symptomatic students for Covid as schools have reopened from Monday."Make arrangements for testing of symptomatic students in the schools," said Reddy at a review meeting to take stock of the pandemic.He instructed officials to implement strict Covid protocols in schools across the state, including following social distancing and wearing masks.The Chief Minister also reviewed precautions to be taken for an anticipated third wave.He directed that village and ward secretariats should be taken as a unit for vaccination and administration of vaccines be done on priority.Announcing that Covid curfew relaxations have been extended by an hour from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., he also insisted that permission should be taken early for marriages and only 150 people be allowed.Officials informed Reddy that Covid recovery rate has touched 98.45 per cent, even as active cases dropped to 16,341.According to officials, Covid positivity rate currently stands at 1.94 per cent, being less than 3 per cent in 10 districts and between 3-6 per cent in three districts.--IANSsth/vd
Bengaluru, Aug 17 (IANS) Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday issued a warning that strict action will be initiated against those who are selling fake RT-PCR negative test results in Bengaluru."It has come to our notice that some people are indulging in giving fake negative reports of Covid infections. We are keeping vigil near bus stops and railway stations and I have given directions in this regard to the officers to nab the culprits," Bommai said.The tests will be conducted again for those who are found to have obtained fake negative reports, he added. Local media in Karnataka have exposed a network which is indulging in distributing fake negative RT-PCR reports to those coming from other states to Bengaluru.Bommai further stated that he had given instructions to the Chief Secretary to start implementing a slew of schemes announced on 75th Independence Day.He also said that there is no proposal to cut the cess on fuel like the Tamil Nadu government. "I am taking up a review meeting of higher education, PWD and Housing on Tuesday. Will undertake review of another three departments on Wednesday, we want to reach out to the people," he underlined.--IANSmka/skp/