Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday said that doctors must be trained to be more sensitive to the sufferings of patients and noted that medical facilities and healthcare must be affordable for common man. Naidu, while addressing the first convocation of the All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha, said the doctors should adopt the approach of giving healing touch to their patients.
“We must train a new generation of doctors to be more sensitive to the sufferings of patients and their families and provide the healing touch with effective communication. There can be no greater service than restoring fellow human beings to good health,” the vice president said.
Naidu, referring to late former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who had laid the foundation stone for AIIMS, Bhubaneshwar in 2003, said, “It was an attempt to reduce regional imbalance in healthcare and tertiary sector.”
Naidu said the focus should be more on rural healthcare and strengthening of medical infrastructure in the country.
“Doctors, nurses and medical workers should also be well trained to cope with new frontiers of medicine, treatment and research. This will bridge the gap between rural and urban healthcare facilities,” Naidu said.
The vice president also suggested that the Centre and the state government should make three years posting of doctors mandatory in rural areas in order to get next promotion.
“Highest priority has to be accorded to strengthening primary healthcare and tertiary. We need to increase the number of doctors available at health care centres residing in rural area. It should be mandatory for young doctors to serve at least a year or two in rural areas before considering promotions for them,” Naidu said.
Naidu called upon the doctors to adopt a service-oriented approach while discharging their duties as medical practitioners, adding the job of a doctor does not end by giving medicines- they must also advise and guide people on preventive care.
(With PTI inputs)