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Focus more on rural health care: AIIMS chief

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Take an active role in the process, medicos told

MAKING A POINT: Ramesh Chandra Deka, Director, All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, addressing a convocation ceremony at Pushpagiri Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre in Thiruvalla on Monday.
MAKING A POINT: Ramesh Chandra Deka, Director, All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, addressing a convocation ceremony at Pushpagiri Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre in Thiruvalla on Monday.

The rural health sector in India is in a very bad shape, Ramesh Chandra Deka, Director of All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, has said.

Prof. Deka was delivering the convocation address at Pushpagiri Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre (PIMS) in Thiruvalla on Monday. He said the health-care needs of rural India must be urgently met, and called upon young medical professionals to take an active role in the process.

According to him, 70 per cent of India's population lives in rural areas. But, treatment for even minor diseases such as diarrhoea and respiratory infection was not available for a large section of the rural population, he said.

“However, Kerala, with its low infant and maternal mortality rates, which are on a par with developed countries, has done better in healthcare, when compared to various other States,” he said.

Holistic approach

He stressed the need to mould a competent workforce, delivering affordable and quality health care to all, and preventing diseases through a holistic approach. Prof. Deka said the Union government's keenness to improve quality of health care was clear from programmes such as National Rural Health Mission. “Our leaders are faced with challenges to reconcile between poverty and plenty, development and corruption, tradition and modernism and most importantly, the urban-rural divide. It is the responsibility of medical professionals to ensure that every Indian has access to primary healthcare,” he said.

Prof. Deka also lauded the service rendered by the Christian institutions to the country's health sector. Metropolitan Archbishop of Thiruvalla Thomas Mar Coorilos presided. Fr. Abraham Mulamoottil, chairman of the Pushpagiri Group of Institutions, delivered the keynote address and John Abraham, PIMS Principal, delivered the introductory speech.

Prof. Deka presented certificates and mementos to the graduates on the occasion.

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