Chennai: Asserting that the Indian health ecosystem was being seen with new eyes, new respect and new credibility, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said doctors are among the most respected professionals
in our country and this respect has gone up even more after the covid pandemic.
Addressing the 33rd Convocation of the Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University vie video-conferencing, he said doctors are among the most respected professionals in our country.
‘Today, after the pandemic, this respect has gone up even more. This respect is because people know the seriousness of your profession where many times, it is literally a life and death question for someone’, Mr Modi said.
Mr Modi said however, to be serious and to look serious are two different things. ‘I request all of you to still keep your sense of humour intact. It will also help you cheer up your patients and keep their morale high’, he added.
He said ‘you are graduating at a time when there is great appreciation and respect for Indian medical professionals, scientists and pharma professionals.’
Overall, the Indian health ecosystem was being seen with new eyes, new respect and new credibility, he added.
Pointing out that in 2014, there were six AIIMS in the Country, the Prime Minister said in the last six years, the Centre has sanctioned 15 more AIIMS across the country.
He also said during the last six years, MBBS seats increased by more than 30,000 which is a rise of more than 50 per cent from 2014, while the number of PG seats increased by 24,000 which is a rise of around 80 per cent from 2014.
While congratulating all the graduates, Mr Modi also conveyed his special appreciation to the women candidates.
It is always special to see women leading from the front in any field. ‘When this happens it is a moment of pride and a moment of joy’, he said.
‘The success of you all and this institution would have made the great MGR very happy…His governance was full of compassion towards the poor. The subjects of healthcare, education and empowerment of women were dear to him’, mr Modi said.