President of India attends Golden Jubilee Celebrations of JIPMER
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee attended the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) today (September 26, 2014) at Dhanvantri Nagar, Puducherry.
Speaking on the occasion, the President said that a holistic healthcare system – universally accessible, affordable and effective – is the need of the hour. It calls for a strong healthcare infrastructure, trained and motivated personnel, and access to medicines and modern equipments. There are 7 hospital beds per 10,000 population in India, compared to 23 in Brazil, 38 in China and 97 in Russia. There are 7 physicians per 10,000 population in India, compared to 19 in Brazil, 15 in China and 43 in Russia. Though schemes like the National Rural Health Mission have improved service delivery in India, health services are still constrained by its reach and quality. Primary healthcare is critical as it reduces the need for tertiary care. Public financing for healthcare in India is less than one percent of the world’s total health expenditure. As Indians are a sixth of humanity, this is woefully meager. Our expenditure levels have to rise significantly to ensure universal health coverage.
The President said that due to the increasing trend of lifestyle-related diseases, precautionary strategies have become important. Prevention of medical conditions calls for proper counseling. Healthy living has to be fostered from a very young age. 7 percent of the world’s children are obese or over-weight. Obesity in childhood can lead to health complications later. Balanced diet, physical activity and lifestyle management have to be promoted. Special interventions are necessary for newborns as the first four weeks of life, during which 44 per cent of deaths of children below five years occur, are crucial. Life-saving medicines and procedural expertise have to be available far and wide. Hygiene and sanitation also play an important role in preventing the occurrence or spread of diseases. He said that he was hopeful that under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, we would be able to cover every household by total sanitation in the next five years.
The President stated that health research is essential for the development of medical interventions necessary to maintain good health by the people. Development of sound systems of medicine requires translation of knowledge gained in other disciplines. It has been demonstrated how knowledge from aviation, automation and robotics can be used for optimizing healthcare. Medical research has to be, therefore, a culmination of multi-disciplinary effort comprising varied fields like medical electronics, systems biology, bio-technology, genomics, mathematical simulation and information and communication. He called upon JIPMER to aim to enrich its research-based publications, go for patent filings, and develop models addressing common health problems by integrating Indian Systems of Medicine.
President of India and Health Minister grace Golden Jubilee celebrations of JIPMER Dr Harsh Vardhan praises JIPMER on golden jubilee Doctors to play the lead in coming, big reorientation in health sector
The President of India, ShriPranab Mukherjee and the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare,Dr Harsh Vardhan graced the Golden Jubilee Celebration of JIPMER at Pondicherry, today. The President of India was the keynote speaker at the event.Dr Harsh Vardhan, urged the faculty, students and research scientists of Pondicherry’s Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) to develop models for future health strategies both in India as well as internationally.
“You have a rich tradition as well as depth of expertise. You have pioneered numerous concepts and I wish that in the coming years when I go about reforming the health sector this proud institution weighs in with the right solutions,” the Minister, who presided over JIPMER’s golden jubilee celebrations, held in Pondicherry today, said.
JIPMER is India’s oldest medical school, originally founded by the French East India Company in 1823. In 1956, work began on its expansion as a central medical college and hospital. In 1964, the hospital and outpatient buildings were inaugurated by President Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. In July 2008, it was given the status of an institution of national importance by an Act of Parliament.
Dr Harsh Vardhan pointed out that the public health system in large parts of the country needs a big reorientation. The country has a big challenge ahead to meet the September 2015 deadline of the United Nations Millennium Development Goal targets in bringing down the infant mortality and maternal mortality rates. Alongside, there is a need to stem the spread of non-communicable diseases like cancer, heart conditions, diabetes, hypertension, etc.
He said, “I urge JIPMER to develop a new tribe of doctors with values guided by national needs. A good doctor is not necessarily one who has multiple degrees and prescribes effective lines of curative treatment. To the common man a good doctor is one who is rooted in ethics, is accessible, and, gives him the courage and confidence to fight back against his condition. Let us have doctors with not just curative skills, but also preventive counseling skills. He should have the capability of inspiring and leading local communities, whether in towns or adivasi hamlets, to form social movements over health. They should prescribe drugs rationally and have the breadth of vision to look to our traditional medicinal systems for solutions. Last and most important, they should continually upgrade their knowledge. In the age of holistic medicine, they should be conscious of optimizing the available resources and systems and working in an integrated fashion with specialists in other branches of medicine.”
JIPMER has an established rural outreach tradition. As its hospital services improve, there results quantifiable outcomes in the rural population. Its 400-bedded Women&ChildrenHospital is the largest centre of its kind among India’s institutes of national importance like AIIMS and PGI, Chandigarh.
“You are introducing services in new super-specialty areas like Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Foetal Medicine, Medical Genetics and Neonatology. Your Advanced Neuro-Vascular Unit, the Development of Advanced Pediatric Care, upgraded critical care in Department of Anesthesiology, Centre for Renal Sciences, Centre of Endocrinology, etc. are indeed a matter of national pride,” the Minister remarked.
He had special words of praise for the pioneering initiative to set up a MD course in Emergency Medicine, apart from an Emergency Medical Treatment course. He observed that in the majority of accident cases, victims are rushed to the nearest hospital with great hopes, but find to their dismay that the personnel and facilities are quite inadequately trained and motivated for the task. About 55-91 percent of the reported errors that contribute to preventable death occur during trauma reception mmand resuscitation.
Dr Harsh Vardhan added, “The coming years will see broad and deep expansion of the health sector of the country based on a new National Health Policy which stresses the importance of holistic medicine, public health specialization, preventive interventions to lower the disease burden, development of positive health for a healthy social movement. At the same time we should not ignore while not ignoring the need for world class tertiary care and improving the doctor to population ratio. I hope JIPMER will keep contributing to this endeavour.”
Dr Harsh Vardhan released the Golden Jubilee souvenir of JIPMER and presented the first copy to the President.
The Chief Minister of Puducherry, Mr N. Rangaswamy, and the Lieutenant-Governor of Andaman and Nicobar, Lieutenant-General Shri Ajay Kumar Singh also spoke on the occasion. Also present were Shri R. Radhakrishnan, Member of Parliament and Dr. Ravi Kumar, Director, JIPMER. Dr M.K. Bhan, JIPMER’s president, released the institution’s golden jubilee report