President Ram Nath Kovind today stressed the need to develop low-cost diagnostic treatment and rehabilitative services.
Delivering the convocation address at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Jodhpur, Kovind said it was important that India starts making its own equipment that not only serves to provide affordable healthcare but also sets up India as a medical technology hub as part of the Make in India initiative.
He said he was happy to note that AIIMS Jodhpur was setting up an Innovation Centre for Medical Technology along with IIT Jodhpur. The two are also collaborating for an AIIMS-IIT Knowledge Innovation Cluster.
“The AIIMS Jodhpur also strives to improve the health of tribal people in this part of Rajasthan with the help of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs. This endeavour is also a part of the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan. Such worthy initiatives are expected from institutions like AIIMS. They not only have to provide therapeutic services but also need to give preventive care for the betterment of society,” he said.
“The institutions like AIIMS are being developed to provide tertiary care to the poorest of the poor. It is heartening to know that AIIMS Jodhpur has provided consultation to over 24 lakh patients till date.
“Its database will help address the health concerns of the region and also in formulating health policies. The institute has also started robotic surgery to provide ultra-modern surgical care at affordable cost,” he added.
The President urged the graduating students to remain full of empathy and never let an opportunity pass to save or improve lives using their skills and knowledge. They should always try to maintain the highest level of ethical standards and professionalism for the entire career.
All doctors and nursing graduates would do well to remember that the community around them looks up to them, and they will have to maintain the nobility of the profession, he added.
Later, inaugurating the new building of the Rajasthan High Court, Kovind said his utmost concern was in making justice accessible to all. “We read about the bells of justice at royal palaces in old times. Anybody could ring the bell and ask the king to right a wrong.
“Today, can the poorest of the poor and the most marginalised come here to seek redressal of their grievances? This is of utmost importance, as the very Preamble of the Constitution exhorts all of us to make justice accessible to all,” he added.
Kovind said there were many reasons behind the high and sometimes prohibitive cost of justice. But if we keep Gandhiji’s famous ‘Talisman’ in mind, if we recall the face of the poorest and weakest man or woman we may have seen, we will find ways.
“For example, we can help the needy with the provision of free legal aid. Technology has been a great leveller of our times, leading to social changes too. Its application in the area of the justice dispensation can open the high portals of the judiciary to the common people,” he said.
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