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AIIMS must rise to be one of 10 best medical universities in the world: Pranab Mukherjee

October 16, 2012

President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday called upon the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to lead India to the frontiers of innovative solutions in healthcare, discovering new cures, harnessing existing and emerging technologies for affordable healthcare, and exploring new paradigms for preventing disease and creating wellness.

President Pranab Mukherjee addressing the 40th Annual Convocation of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi.

Addressing the 40th annual convocation of the AIIMS here, Mukherjee said, “AIIMS should be a power house of biomedical research and a role model for others. AIIMS must rise to be one of the 10 best medical universities in the world by the year 2020.”

President Pranab Mukherjee and the Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad at the 40th Annual Convocation of AIIMS.

He said progress in the health sector is key to India’s future place of prominence in the world and sought a high quality national health system, which could be used by the poor and the rich alike.

“Progress in the health sector is key to India’s future place of prominence in the world,” Mukherjee said.

“The nation’s productivity depends on the health and well-being of its citizens. Economic growth that does not go hand-in-hand with reduction in avoidable mortality and ill-health is neither sustainable nor desirable,” the president said.

He also emphasised on the need to create a high quality national health system that was used by the poor and the rich alike.

“It is unacceptable that almost 80 per cent of the expenditure on healthcare by our people is met by personal, out of pocket, payment. I am shocked to note that as many as four crore people of our country plunge into poverty each year due to expenses on medical treatment. Yet, we should remember that the health services for the poor cannot be poor health services. We need to craft a high quality national health system that is used by the poor and the rich alike,” Mukherjee said.

The president said that the country should aim at attaining universal health coverage in the next two to three five-year plan periods.

“I visualise public spending on health rising to 2.5 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP) by the end of the Twelfth (Five Year) Plan period,” he said.

Highlighting the need for more nurses, doctors, paramedics and health workers, the president stressed the need to decentralise planning and implementation of healthcare to the district and sub-district levels.

“We need to take health services closer to the homes… the foundation of India’s national health system must be strong, sensitive and efficient,” he said. [Source: IANS]

AIIMS President and the Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad addressing the 40th Annual Convocation of AIIMS. President Pranab Mukherjee is also seen.

President Pranab Mukherjee presenting the medal and certificate at the 40th Annual Convocation of AIIMS. AIIMS President and the Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad is also seen.

President Pranab Mukherjee presenting the medal and certificate at the 40th Annual Convocation of AIIMS. AIIMS President and the Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad is also seen.

AIIMS President and the Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad presenting a certificate at the 40th Annual Convocation of AIIMS.

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