There are various healthcare schemes that can provide a framework for universal healthcare, but real relief can come only through quality research in medical sciences, said member of NITI Aayog, Dr Vijay Kumar Saraswat.
He was delivering the convocation address at the 7th convocation of JSS Medical College in the city on Friday. He said, “Today from all over the world people needing hip replacement, cardiac by-passes or bone marrow transplants are increasingly flocking to India for treatment. Our healthcare is effective and affordable for foreigners. The prospect of decent care for all Indians might seem to be within our grasp. Unfortunately that dream remains as distant as ever. By host of indicators, we lag behind other emerging nations. Forty-two percent of Indian children under five years suffer from under nutrition. Around $7.8trillion is spent every year on healthcare which constitutes 8% of our GDP. If we consider the health and economy, poor health is exacting a rising toll on the Indian economy.”
“Today a new field is emerging in medicine. Researchers are opening to diversity and incorporation across all levels of biological organisations, facilitating science at the interfaces of horizontally arrayed disciplines. It involves discussion of significant problems among scientists with diverse expertise and perspectives to arrive at an answer to a larger problem. Integrative biology indeed lays the framework for new models and new ways of investigation,” he added.
He said, “I request every doctor graduating from this university play the role of a teacher in advising every family on disease prevention and methods to lead a healthy life in addition to their regular responsibility. An integrated mechanism is needed to see that patient without frustration is directed to the right specialist for right diagnosis at the right time at a right cost.”
Later he administered oath that former president Dr APJ Kalam used to deliver to all medical professionals.
On the occasion, gold medals and cash prizes for toppers in various branches of medicine and other branches were presented. Rakshith R N received the highest number of gold medals for obtaining highest marks in MBBS degree. Other students Kamatham Aashish, Dr Amit Agarwal, Dr Kriti Gupta received three gold medals each in MBBS, MD general medicine, MD paediatrics respectively.
Suttur Mutt pontiff Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamy, Vice chancellor of JSS univeristy Dr B Suresh, Registrar Dr B Manjunath, Controller of examination, Vijayasimha, executive committee member, Dr C G Betsurmath and others were present.