Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said doctors working in the government sector should first make their service in rural areas mandatory for promotion. In honoring the 11th Annual Medical Teachers Day Awards, the President said that it is necessary for young doctors to serve in rural areas for three to five years. He underlined that 60 percent of the country’s population lives in villages.
“This (service in rural areas) should be made compulsory,” Naidu said. I know many people will not like it, but I believe it is needed. Referring to the steps being taken by the government to bridge the gap of doctor-patient ratio in the country, the Vice President stressed that there is a need to increase the number of medical colleges.
There is a huge difference between urban-rural doctors because…
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu praised the government’s plan to open at least one medical college in each district. Also underlined that there is a huge gap between urban-rural doctors as most of the medical professionals choose to practice in urban areas. He said that the doctor-patient ratio is 1456 patients per doctor while the World Health Organization’s standard is 1000 patients per doctor.
Vice President pays tribute to Radhakrishnan
The Vice President on Sunday paid tributes to former President, politician and philosopher late Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan on his birth anniversary. He also expressed his respect for all his teachers who guided his career. Earlier, he had given Life Time Achievement Award to eminent cardiologist and President of Public Health Foundation of India Dr.K Srinath Reddy and Dr.Devi Shetty among others. Was honoured.