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VP M Venkaiah Naidu Encourages PPP in Medical Sector

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said that quality of education in medical colleges of the country is life-blood of India’s healthy future. Addressing the students at 30th convocation ceremony at Dr MGR Medical University, he spoke about the quality of medical education in the state and stressed on need for regulation to ensure transparency and accountability. Health minister C. Vijaya Baskar, fisheries minister D. Jayakumar and other dignitaries were present on the occasion. It has been a pace setter in many ways and has successfully started new courses in medicine and allied health sciences according to the needs of the society and the emerging disease patterns, he said.

Emphasizing on the need of an emphatic approach by medical professionals towards the patients while giving treatment, he said that young medical professionals must work in rural area before getting their first promotion. The Vice President said that doctors have a number of emerging opportunities in the present Indian context. He further said that medicos should adopt and adapt the best global practices for the benefit of our population. They must constantly set more ambitious goals and strive to achieve them, he added.

The Vice-President expressed happiness over the Tamil Nadu Assembly recently approving the setting up of two more private universities in the state. Venkaiah Naidu said while the system of medical education was expanding with the rise in number of medical colleges in the country. Pointing out the gaps in the present society with 22 percent population below poverty line, he said that that there are many parts of the country, which lack medical facilities and thus, there should be public-private partnership for the wellbeing of the public. Encouraging healthy competition between public and private sector, he said, “I feel the time has come that we should open up. We have already opened up. We have to open up further to the private sector.” – Deccan Chronicle