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Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Saturday that when the world doubted India’s ability to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, the country’s professionals rose to the occasion and stakeholders came together to show the tradition of “service before work”.
“We followed containment protocols and health recommendations to the best of our abilities. This allowed us to be the first country to return to the path of positive development next year,” he said.
Health Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee presided over the convocation ceremony organized on the fourth foundation day of the Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Institute of Medical Sciences and Hospital.
According to a Health Ministry statement, Mandaviya said that youth have an important role to play in taking India forward. He congratulated all the postgraduate students and award winners and thanked their parents and teachers for inspiring and guiding them to invest in their education and training.
He said that under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, we have built India’s healthcare vision for the next twenty-five years. This vision will not only bring immense opportunities to our medical professionals but will also enable all our nation builders to serve our citizens in a better way.
Mandaviya said, when the world questioned India’s ability to deal with the pandemic, our professionals rose to the occasion. Stakeholders come together to showcase India’s tradition of service before self, which matters most.
Mandaviya further said that the country is moving towards an accessible, affordable and patient-friendly healthcare system. He said it aims to ensure “health for all” even in the most remote parts of the country by strengthening primary, secondary and tertiary health systems.
He said that a prosperous India can be ensured only when we have a healthy India. He urged all undergraduates and faculty members to ensure that quality education and training translates into quality health services for citizens, the statement said.
He also emphasized the importance of value system saying that students should become human beings with courtesy, ethics and empathy which are essential and deeply rooted in the code of conduct of this noble profession.