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Affordable healthcare a must

INDIA IS far behind Pakistan when it comes to providing affordable healthcare facilities. India is behind even from countries like Myanmar, Burudi, Sudan, Cambodia and Sri Lanka, said Padam Bhushan Prof Prakash Narain Tandon.

india Updated: Jan 11, 2006 00:35 IST

INDIA IS far behind Pakistan when it comes to providing affordable healthcare facilities. India is behind even from countries like Myanmar, Burudi, Sudan, Cambodia and Sri Lanka, said Padam Bhushan Prof Prakash Narain Tandon.

Prof Tandon was addressing the second convocation of King George’s Medical University and UP King George’s University of Dental Sciences on Tuesday.

“National Health Research Policy 2001 had recognised that the health service system in the country continued to be plagued by widening inequities in access to health care. Absence of national health insurance scheme has further marginalised the development of public system,” Prof Tandon remarked.

He said there was inherent danger from the powerful forces of globalisation and “it’s our moral responsibility to ensure easily available and affordable medical care.”

“Our existing medical curriculum has notkept pace with the advancement in the field. We need to modify our traditional education system based on memorizing information,” he said.

Emphasizing on the role of medical institutes, Prof Tandon said that they need to play role with continued medical education. “Even doctors are at risk of getting their knowledge obsolete within a decade if not earlier,” he said.

Earlier, he was conferred the degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa).

Governor TV Rajeshwar in his address to the ceremony called upon the students to serve the people. He said that for those who got their degrees and medals today, time had now come to serve with the skills they learnt here.

Vice Chancellor of KGMU Prof Mahendra Bhandari gave details of the academic progress made by the varsity in the previous years.

Degrees were awarded to students of KGMU and dental university. KGMU’s 160 under graduate, 170 post graduate and dental university’s 70 BDS pass outs were awarded degrees.

First Published: Jan 11, 2006 00:35 IST