President Ram Nath Kovind spoke at the second AIIMS convocation in Jodhpur on Saturday about India’s Healthcare, focusing on developing low-cost diagnostic treatment and rehabilitation programs to provide people with affordable healthcare, adding that India should become a hub of medical technology. The President encouraged the graduating seniors to use their skills and knowledge to always serve the poor. He said the country has made great progress in most fields including healthcare but much more remains to be done to guarantee that quality healthcare and education are reachable and accessible to all people, particularly those who live in the rural areas and remote parts of the country.

Mr. President urged that it is important for India to start making its own equipment as part of the Make in India programme, which not only helps to provide affordable healthcare, but also establishes India as a hub for medicine and technology. Acknowledging that India is known as the land of Charak and Shushrut, he said that the worldwide medical research community is taking note and adopting the traditional medicine systems of India.

He said AIIMS Jodhpur is also working with the Ministry of Tribal Affairs to improve the health of tribal people in this region of Rajasthan. The President said institutions such as AIIMS were being established to provide tertiary care for the poorest of the poor and noted that more than 24 lakh patients have been visited by AIIMS Jodhpur to date. He also informed that the government has also focused on extending the reach of Ayurveda, Yoga, and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, as well as Homeopathy; known together as ‘AYUSH’

“Always try to maintain the highest level of ethical standards and professionalism for the entire career. All doctors and nursing graduates will do well to remember that the community around them looks up to them, and they will have to maintain the nobility of the profession,” he said hoping that India’s Healthcare would continuously grow and make tremendous progress.