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Young doctors should work in rural areas: President Pratibha Patil

June 10, 2012

President Pratibha Patil on Saturday urged young doctors to work in rural areas, at least for some years, because medical facilities in rural areas were limited.

Speaking at the convocation ceremony of the D Y Patil Vidyapeeth in Pimpri, Patil said accessibility to health services for all sections of society was uneven and that in the context of national objective of inclusive growth, one must also include inclusive health. Patil said that quality healthcare facilities should be accessible and affordable to all.

“Doctors play an important role in the society. Medical education is comparatively costly. However, young doctors should not be in a hurry to recover all the costs in the shortest possible time. By serving in rural areas, the doctors would be doing good work for the nation. The stint will be a valuable addition to their professional experience,” Patil said.

Suggesting specialized courses in management of health facilities in management courses and in medical studies, Patil said that the health system of the country should focus on prevention and early diagnosis of disease. “Many prominent non-communicable diseases are often linked with unhealthy diet and lack of physical activity,” the President said.

Earlier, founder of the D Y Patil Vidyapeeth and governor of Tripura D Y Patil and chancellor of the deemed university P D Patil conferred honorary D Litt degrees on former deputy chairman of the planning commission Mohan Dharia and present deputy chairman of planning commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia.

Among others present included Maharashtra governor K Sankarnarayanan, state minister for cooperation Harshvardhan Patil and educationist Devisingh Shekhawat.

Earlier, President Pratibha Patil inaugurated the new building of Vidya Pratishthan’s engineering and architecture college in Baramati. Addressing the gathering, Patil said the Baramati model of development that combined agriculture with supplementary small scale businesses can benefit farmers across the country.

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