There is an acute shortage of doctors and healthcare facilities in rural areas and young doctors should devote some years of their professional lives to working in rural areas by responding positively to the call of the government to take up rural postings, said Mayil Vahanan Natrajan, Vice-Chancellor of Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R Medical University.
He was addressing students of the Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) during the graduation day function held on Friday.
Dr. Natrajan said that the disease scenario in the country is showing a rapid increase in diabetes and cardiovascular diseases owing to changing lifestyles and it was the duty of young doctors to treat, advise and guide such patients.
Dr. Natrajan observed that institutes such as PIMS have to gear up to deal with the challenges of road traffic accidents and natural disasters as more than one lakh people die in road accidents every year in the country. Research is of fundamental importance in finding cures and improving the understanding of the functioning of the human body and though many discoveries have already been made, the field is wide open for further work, he said.
He gave away degree certificates to 98 graduates of the 2005 batch of PIMS.