Make quality healthcare accessible and affordable, says Vice President

The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu presenting the Awards and Gold Medals to the Students, at the 46th Annual Convocation of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), in New Delhi on December 07, 2018. The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare and President of AIIMS, Shri J.P. Nadda is also seen.

The Vice President of India,  M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that the young doctors to bear in mind the need to uphold ethics and treat every patient with compassion and empathy, irrespective of his or her financial background.

Addressing the 46th Annual Convocation of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), last evening in New Delhi, he said that the All India Institute of Medical Sciences is an institution which has made the nation proud and achieved excellence in patient care, teaching and research.

The Vice President said that medical education has undergone a paradigm shift from class room based didactic teaching to self-directed small group learning using principles of adult learning. The traditional methods of learning via imparting knowledge have evolved into competency-based learning to ensure that trainees acquire all essential skills before licensure, he added.

Naidu said that the curriculum in medical education needs to be constantly upgraded in tune with the latest advancements. I am sure that the curriculum developed at AIIMS can be adopted by other AIIMS like institutions and other medical colleges, he added.

Saying multidisciplinary teams are the need of the hour, the Vice President said that forging research coalitions with different department of AIIMS, as well as reaching out to other centres of excellence and researchers in the country should be given a priority.

The Vice President said that we must make quality healthcare accessible and affordable. He further said that there is also a significant urban-rural divide and referred a report of PWC points out “India has only 1.1 beds per 1000 population in India compared to the world average of 2.7. 70% of India’s healthcare infrastructure is in the top 20 cities.” We must bridge this urban-rural divide in providing state-of-the-art healthcare services, he added.

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