Available Medical Seats Highly Inadequate: President Ram Nath Kovind

In his address, the President also spoke at length about the "gaps" that remained between a good healthcare system and the population of the country.

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Available Medical Seats Highly Inadequate: President Ram Nath Kovind

Available medical seats highly inadequate, says President Ram Nath Kovind at AIIMS convocation


New Delhi:  Addressing the 45th convocation of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi, the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind said that currently our medical colleges, whether run by the government or private institutions, have only about 67,000 undergraduate seats and 31,000 postgraduate seats and in a country of 1.3 billion people this is highly inadequate. In his address, the President also spoke at length about the "gaps" that remained between a good healthcare system and the population of the country.

He also urged the stakeholders to overcome "regulatory bottlenecks and interest groups that have prevented the growth of quality medical education in our country". 

"This gives us far fewer medical graduates and postgraduates every year than our people need. It also leads to aspiring medical students seeking admission in colleges in other countries - simply because they have limited options at home. This is simply not acceptable. As a nation, we need to address this situation very urgently. We need to create more opportunities for those young people who want to make medicine their calling," the President told the medical graduates.

Speaking on the occasion, the President also said that AIIMS is a national centre of excellence. 

"The name "AIIMS" has become a byword for quality, commitment and rich experience. The faculty and doctors, as well as of course the students, are the pride of our medical fraternity and our nation," he said.

The President advised the graduating doctors that as they go into the world - a world that needs their services more than ever before - they should remember that they need to give back to society. 

He stated that it is true that they need to be legitimately rewarded for their academic excellence, their medical skills and their expertise. 

"Yet", he added that, "as doctors, their services must be available both to those who can afford their fees and also to those who are less fortunate and cannot. Disease does not distinguish between rich and poor but unfortunately the poor suffer the most. It is for society to profit from medical science - it is not for medical science to profiteer from society".

Pointing out the shortage of doctors in our country, the President said that doctors need help in the form of more colleagues. "And this is where we need a new regulatory system to enhance availability of doctors and medical professionals in our society. In the absence of this, the work-load on our doctors is very high," he said.

(With Inputs from PTI)

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