PM Narendra Modi
PM Narendra Modi

On the ocassion of National Doctor's Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the doctors to undertake research, documentation over benefits of vaccines, early diagnosis, specific treatments. He said, celebrated in the memory of Doctor BC Roy,it is the symbol of the highest ideals of our medical fraternity. He thanked the Doctors on behalf of 130 crore Indians for their services during the difficult times in last one and half years of the coronavirus pandemic.

On this ocassion, PM Modi acknowledged the doctor’s contribution and recalled their heroic efforts during the pandemic and paid homage to those who laid down their lives in the service of humanity. The Prime Minister said that our scientists and doctors have found solutions for all the challenges thrown by covid.

"Despite the limitations of long-neglected medical infrastructure and pressure of population, India’s per lakh population rate of infection and death rate is still manageable compared to even developed countries. Loss of lives is always painful but many lives have been saved too. Credit goes to hard-working doctors, healthcare workers, frontline workers for saving many lives," said the Prime Minister.

Further the PM underlined the focus of the government on strengthening healthcare.

"During the ‘first wave’ about 15 thousand crores were allocated for healthcare and this year, health sector budget has been doubled to more than 2 lakh crore rupees," the PM said.

"Rs 50 thousand crore have been allocated for credit guarantee scheme to develop health infrastructure in the under-served area. New AIIMS, medical colleges are being established. Work has been initiated on 15 AIIMS as opposed to total six AIIMS that existed in 2014," he said.

"Number of Medical colleges have increased one and half times. Under graduate medical seats have increased one and half times and PG seats have grown by 80 per cent," informed the Prime Minister.

For the assault cases that have happened with doctors, the PM said that stringent laws that have been brought in for preventing violence against doctors.

The Prime Minister called upon the doctors to continue to inspire the people to get vaccinated and adopt Covid appropriate behavior. He also commended medical fraternity for spreading awareness about Yoga.

He asked if IMA can take up the evidence-based studies on yoga in a mission mode. He also suggested that studies on yoga could be published in international journals.

Concluding his speech, the PM stressed the importance of documentation of experiences by doctors. Along with the experiences, symptoms of the patients and treatment plan needs to be documented in great details. This can be taken up as a research study where effects of various medicines and treatments are noted. PM Modi said that sheer number of patients served by our doctors put them ahead of the world.

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