Paramedical graduates urged to be service minded

A call to paramedical graduates and diploma-holders to work with a passion and mission to serve the people was made by Sunil T. Chandy, Director, Christian Medical College, Vellore.

Delivering the graduation address at the annual graduation ceremony of Schieffelin Institute of Health, Research and Leprosy Centre (SIHRLC) at Karigiri on Friday, Mr. Chandy said that even 65 years after Independence, India is addressing basic issues such as providing healthcare to the poor.

“In States such as Bihar, Odisha, Tripura and Rajasthan, there is not a single nurse for miles together. We have not yet taken basic healthcare to villages. But on the other hand in metro cities, we have huge towers of healthcare models. In cities, healthcare is not a service but the best way of making money,” he said.

Mr. Chandy called upon the graduates to ponder over what they were going to do with their certificates. “Wherever you are, it is important that you work with a passion and mission to be successful. You will fail if money-making is your only goal,” he said.

Daniel K. Mani, Pro-Tem Director, SIHRLC, who gave the charge to the graduates, said the world is fast changing with new inventions and technologies every year in all fields, including medical services.

At the same time, there is growing active and passive corruption of mind and morals. “Good human values are often set aside for personal aggrandisement at all costs. Short-cuts are advocated and practised for short-term gains. Even the health profession is getting corrupted,” he said.

Mr. Mani said that in the SIHRLC as well as many such Christian mission institutions, they have tried to inculcate moral and spiritual values in students along with subjects. Mannam Ebenezer, director, SIHRLC, presented diplomas to 47 graduates in various disciplines, which included Diplomate of National Board (Ortho) of Postgraduate Medical Programme (two graduates), Diploma in General Nursing and Midwifery (19), Diploma in Medical Records Technology (11), Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology (8), Diploma in Radio Diagnosis Technology (2), 10 month-Community Geriatric Health Care (7) and 10 month-Leprosy Physiotherapy Technician (1).

Mr. Chandy presented the Dr. Job Prize for the Best Outgoing Student (DMLT) to P. Velvizhi and the Dr. Kasthuri Sundar Rao Award for the Best Outgoing Student (DGNM) to E. Priya.

He also presented prizes to winners in different disciplines. Samuel Solomon, Head (Training), SIHRLC, welcomed the gathering. Augustine P. Aiyadurai, Administrative Manager, SIHRLC, proposed a vote of thanks.