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VP urges private sector to adopt philanthropic approach for healthcare facilties in rural areas

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

M today expressed concern over the lack of medical facilities in rural areas and urged the private sector to supplement the government's efforts in bridging the urban-rural divide and adopting a philanthropic approach to make affordable.

Ruing the shortage of doctors and paramedical personnel in the country, he suggested that it should be made mandatory for MBBS graduates to serve in rural areas before first promotion is granted to them.

"The private sector must not only supplement the efforts of the government in bridging the urban-rural divide in the health sector but adopt a more humane and philanthropic approach, ensuring that is affordable and accessible," said.

He was speaking at the convocation ceremony of (LHMC).

said India's health sector was facing the twin burdens of communicable and non-communicable and he called upon public health experts, professionals, local bodies and communities to join hands in promoting hygiene and sanitation in a big way to build 'Swachh Bharat'.

"Although polio, and have been successfully eliminated, such as TB, malaria, chikungunya and are still prevalent. Also, a lot more efforts are needed to further bring down IMR and indices across the country," he said.

Referring to the recent cases of rape of minors, Naidu advocated for cleanliness of the mind and stressed on the need to change the people's mindset.

He also urged faculty members to not merely impart medical knowledge and skills to students but also mould their young minds into those of conscientious citizens with uncompromising integrity, high morals and ethical standards.

"This is all the more important in the present times when the image of the medical profession has been dented by the perception that it has become highly commercialised," he said.

He said was lagging behind several countries in research output and urged the medical college to accord highest priority to it.

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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 13:45 IST