PM lauds role of medical fraternity in fighting Covid 19 pandemic; says India provided helping hand to global community

The Prime Minister said the COVID-19 pandemic was a completely unexpected occurrence to the world and there was no pre-set formula to fight the virus.

Paying glowing tributes to the Medical professionals for fighting an unknown enemy during the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said the Indian health ecosystem is being seen with new high, new respect and new credibility and called upon the young medical graduates to live up to expectations.

Addressing the 33 rd Convocation of the Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University through video conferencing today, the Prime Minister said the world will have greater expectations from the graduating students and they should carry the responsibility in their young and strong shoulders.

The Prime Minister said the COVID-19 pandemic was a completely unexpected occurrence to the world and there was no pre-set formula to fight the virus. In such a time, India not only made a new path but helped others to walk in it. The death rate in the country was the lowest and the recovery rate was high. India is now producing medicines and vaccines for the world, he said.

The candidates were graduating at a time when there was greater aspirations and respect for Indian Medical professionals, scientists and pharma professionals. The learning from the COVID-19 pandemic would help the country to fight other diseases like Tuberculosis as well, the Prime Minister said.

Quoting the first century Tamil Poet Saint Thiruvalluvar, the Prime Minister said the ailing, the doctor, the medicine and the care given covered the treatment. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and middle of disruption, each of the four pillars were at the forefront in fighting the war with an unknown enemy, he said.

All those who fought the virus have emerged as the heroes of humanity, the Prime Minister said adding India was transforming the entire medical and health care sector.

Pointing that 70% of the 21,889 candidates from medical, dental and para-medical disciplines conferred with degrees and diplomas were women candidates, Mr Modi conveyed his special appreciation to them.

Mr. Modi said the success of this institution would have made Dr.MGR very happy. His governance was full of compassion towards the poor. Subjects like healthcare, education & empowerment of women were very dear to him, he added.

The Prime Minister said the National Medical Commission will bring great transparency and it will also rationalise norms to set up new medical colleges to improve the quality & availability of Human Resources in this sector.

The Prime Minister appreciated Tamil Nadu for its medical education and to further help youth from the state, Government has permitted the establishment of 11 new medical colleges in the state. These new medical colleges will be established in those districts which currently do not have a medical college. For each of these colleges, the Government of India will give more than 2 thousand Crore Rupees.

He also called upon medical students to be humorous. He said to be serious and to look serious are two different things and requested the students to keep their sense of humour intact. It will help them cheer up their patients and keep their morale high.

Governor and Chancellor of the University Banwarilal Purohit and Vice Chancellor Sudha Seshaiyyan were also present on the occasion.The University is named after the former Chief Minister Dr. M. G. Ramachandran. It has a total of 686 affiliated institutions under its umbrella, encompassing the disciplines of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, AYUSH, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Allied Health Sciences. These institutions are spread across the length and breadth of state, including 41 Medical Colleges, 19 Dental Colleges, 48 AYUSH Colleges, 199 Nursing Colleges, 81 Pharmacy Colleges and the rest being speciality post-doctoral medical and allied health institutions.

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