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Government taking concrete steps to strengthen tertiary medical infrastructure in the country

“The Central Government attaches a lot of importance to tertiary healthcare services and medical education. Our Government has announced the setting up of as many as 11 new AIIMS like institutions in various parts of the country”, stated J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare. He was speaking at the 6th convocation ceremony of PGIMER & Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, here today. He stated that the institution is working towards realizing Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision of Digital India as well as Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. PGIMER and RML are also working towards full implementation of E-HOSPITAL, he stated. Dr. medical-infrastructureJitendra Singh, MoS (Prime Minister Office, and Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions Department) was also present at the Convocation Ceremony.

While addressing the gathering, J P Nadda said that to realize the dream of Swachch Bharat, Ministry has launched a scheme KAYAKALP to promote Swachchta in public health facilities. He further said that the Institute is also going to set up an AMRIT Pharmacy (Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment) which will make available anti-cancer, cardio-vascular drugs and implants at discounted prices to the patients.

“The Government also encourages the setting up of new medical colleges and strengthening the existing ones. Existing medical colleges are being upgraded by setting up of Super Specialty blocks in 70 such medical colleges in the entire country”, said J P Nadda. He further informed that the Government is expanding the network of the medical colleges in a big way by upgrading 58 district hospitals to medical colleges. 20 State cancer institutes and 50 Tertiary cancer care centers are being set up, he informed.

The Health Minister urged the Institute to harness the tremendous potential of the IT services in Medical Education and Health Care Delivery. He further said that the Ministry is taking concrete steps to expand the scope of Telemedicine — bringing in tele-education, tele-consultation, tele-radiology. He informed that the National Medical College Network (NMCN) is going to link 35 Government Medical Colleges with National Resource Centre and 6 Regional Resource Centres to utilize high bandwidth connectivity provided by NMCN for better use of Telemedicine.

Dr. Jitendra Singh highlighted the importance of empathy and compassion, and urged the graduating students to concentrate and work upon their communication skills with the patients.

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