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
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/
Rajapaksa said that 100 per cent of the 30-plus population in the Western province, the country's economic and administrative hub and also a high-risk area for Covid-19 spread, will be vaccinated by the end of July. The President said this at a meeting with the special committee on prevention of Covid-19 outbreak, which included ministers, tri-forces heads and health authorities, on the vaccination drive and future plans.He stated that the island nation is expected to receive two million Sinopharm vaccine doses by July 11 and 1.47 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine within the next two weeks. "Steps must be taken to provide more space for resumption of economic activities as a significant percentage of doses have already been given to the people," Rajapaksa said.He stressed the need to brief the foreign diplomatic missions in Sri Lanka on the local vaccination drive and the current situation in the country.The President also directed that instead of mixing vaccines as planned earlier, 600,000 out of the total AstraZeneca vaccine shots the country will receive within the next two weeks should be administered to those awaiting the second dose. He instructed that Pfizer vaccines should be given to the fishermen in Northern Mannar district where they are interacting with the Indian fishermen. He also said that the rest of the Pfizer vaccines be given to the students going abroad. Sri Lanka Army Commander General Shavendra Silva had announced on Friday that over 1,000 Sri Lankan students expecting to go abroad for studies have registered for the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine.--IANS<br>sfl/arm
Abuja, June 2 (IANS) Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday further called for joint international efforts to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic and the consequent challenges."The unprecedented crisis brought by the Covid-19 pandemic has now caused far more serious setbacks to our quests for sustainable development, hence the need for international cooperation and collaboration to fight the disease, as no country is immune from its devastating effects on lives and livelihoods," said Buhari.The Nigerian leader made the remarks at a ceremony to receive credentials from foreign diplomats at the State House, the Xinhua news agency reported."As you all settle down to your solemn duties to promote your respective national values and interests through your countries' foreign policy on Nigeria, you should rest assured that the Federal Republic of Nigeria will engage you as we all strive to relate through effective cooperation and collaboration to enhance our collective interests," he said.The bilateral relations between Nigeria and each of the countries were most cordial, said Buhari. "We still need to enhance these fraternal ties between our nations." --IANSint/rs
Kathmandu, May 26 (IANS) Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari has written a letter to her India counterpart Ram Nath Kovid, seeking Covid vaccine doses from the neighbouring country.The special request has been made at the President's level to ensure the supply of Covid vaccines from India, sources in the Nepal President's office told IANS, adding that around one million people are waiting for their second shot of Covishied vaccine and their inoculation time is approaching fast.Earlier, one million doses of Covishield were gifted by India, while Nepal purchased another two million doses at discounted rates. Out of these two million doses, the Serum Institute of India, which produces Covishiled, released one million doses to Nepal, but it has not sent the remaining one million doses which Nepal had procured from the institute at discounted rates. "We need one million jabs from India as one million people, mostly the elderly and frontline workers who had received their first dose, are waiting for the second shot," a senior Nepal government official told IANS. Nepal has already paid Serum Institute of India for this one million jabs. Those in the second batch who received Covishiled have to get their second shots by the first week of June, as per the new guidelines.As per the guidelines, individuals should get their second jab 12 to 16 weeks after receiving the first shot.Nepal has also written separate diplomatic notes to India's Ministry of External Affairs and SII to provide the one million doses, as people are waiting for them. While expressing grief and sorrow over the loss of lives in India due to Covid-19, President Bhandari also offered to fight against the pandemic jointly with her India counterpart. Bhandari also thanked Ram Nath Kovind for providing two million Covid vaccines to Nepal earlier, saying that only vaccines can take control of the pandemic. The President also sought additional vaccines from India, Tika Dhakal, a communication expert at the President's office, said.--IANSstr/arm