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Not for medical science to profiteer from society: Ram Nath Kovind

"Yet, as doctors, your services must be available both to those who can afford your fees and also to those who are less fortunate and cannot afford (it). It is for society to profit from medical science, it is not for medical science to profiteer from society,” Kovind said

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: January 17, 2018 5:48 am
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Highlighting the health gaps in the country while speaking at the 45th convocation of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), President Ram Nath Kovind said it is not for medical science to “profiteer” from society and asked the graduating doctors to give back to those who are less fortunate.

“This institution is the national centre of excellence. You have joined an illustrious list of medical graduates and postgraduates from AIIMS. As you go into the world, a world that needs your services more than ever before, please remember that you need to give back to society. It is true that you need to be legitimately rewarded for your academic excellence, your medical skills and your expertise. Yet, as doctors, your services must be available both to those who can afford your fees and also to those who are less fortunate and cannot afford (it). It is for society to profit from medical science, it is not for medical science to profiteer from society,” Kovind said.

The President also expressed concern over the “highly inadequate” number of medical education seats in the country and said various regulatory impediments that had prevented growth would have to be overcome.

“Currently, our medical colleges have only 67,000 undergraduate seats and 31,000 postgraduate seats. In a country of 1.3 billion people, this is highly inadequate. We have to overcome the regulatory bottlenecks and interest groups that have prevented the growth of quality medical education in the country,” Kovind said.

He lauded the students and faculty of AIIMS, saying that the institute has become “a byword for quality, commitment and rich experience”. However, Kovind added, “Despite our progress, gaps remain. Indian companies are among the world’s biggest manufacturers of vaccines and these vaccines are supplied across the globe. Even then, our own immunisation record remains below desirable levels.”

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  1. Manoj
    Jan 26, 2018 at 6:47 am
    “a byword for quality, commitment and rich experience”.....one has to see the degree of political clout and wire-pulling in this ins ution. Members of the faculty are essentially careerists and their political affiliations are the highest in this ins ution. Every top level position is politically influenced. Students generally do not come here with the mindset of providing service to the public. Their aims are to first become postgraduates, then go to the West for better positions and a better life, which is fine. But to talk about ideals and morals will fall on deaf ears as this is not the ethos of the ins ution. This ins ution revels in research and publishing, and that is what gives the ins ution its mark of quality. There is no direction or priority for teaching and training undergraduates and they are incompetent in the practice of medicine upon graduation. Clinical training essential starts at the postgraduate level.
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    1. Sekhar Bhattacharya
      Jan 17, 2018 at 1:18 pm
      Very correct statemen.
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      1. Nilesh Jain
        Jan 17, 2018 at 12:03 pm
        ENOUGH OF THIS NON-SENSE. There are millions of children killed by these poisonous SNAKES, do you know ? and you are busy wearing this mask of medical sciences. Your children dies of malnutrition and you are wearing mask of this medical science to please these poisonous snakes ? YOUR CHILDREN DIE, DUE TO AVAILABILITY OF BASIC RESOURCES AND YOU ARE WEARING THIS MASK OF MEDICAL SCIENCE TO PLEASE THESE POISONOUS SNAKES ?
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        1. Vishnu Bhat
          Jan 17, 2018 at 10:28 am
          Not just the medical community absolutely no one has the right to profiteer - including industry and politicians!!
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          1. Ravishanker Verma
            Jan 17, 2018 at 6:41 am
            Superb advice and guidance from our Honourable President to the doctors from this prestigious ins ution .Really feeling very proud of our President. .
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